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★ How to Make Drawing a Part Of Your Life | Daily Creativity by Keeping a Sketchbook ★

Updated on February 16, 2016

Why Anyone Can (and Should) Draw Regularly

Drawing is a brilliant creative outlet, a fun hobby and a useful skill to have, and the more you do it, the better you get.

I've put together this page because although I'm creative, I've never given drawing a go as I've always thought 'I can't draw' and that's that. But recently, I've decided to try to draw at least 10 minutes on most days, and it turns out I can draw....because anyone can!

Drawing can consist of doodles, cartoons, sketches and any other drawing style you like. You can draw from life or create your own subject, you can create patterns or design products. Whatever you feel like drawing, draw it! Don't compare your drawing to anyone elses or worry about making a mess or ruining a piece of paper. Just go for it! The worst that can happen is you 'waste' a piece of paper.

You can draw in pen, pencil, ink or charcoal and you can add all kinds of things to the drawing (if you want); like pictures from magazines, watercolour paints, newspaper cuttings, acrylic paint splatters etc. - it's up to you, because it's all about being creative - any way you can.

I hope this page inspires you to regularly take time out to be creative, whether it's drawing or something else - like baking, art journaling, poetry, knitting or writing. Enjoy :-)

Ink Drawings

Because you don't have to just use pencils or black pens.
Because you don't have to just use pencils or black pens. | Source

Beginner's Drawing Skills

Best Drawing & Creativity Books

There are a variety of excellent books available on the subject of drawing, with some being more about encouraging creativity and inspiring ideas and others being more about technical drawing advice, and here are my top 5 picks:

One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media (One A Day)
One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media (One A Day)
This book is definitely in the theme of this page, with great encouragement to draw everyday, and excellent methods to break through any creative block. There are 42 exercises to work through - one each day for 6 weeks - which include the use of a variety of media to stretch you artistically.
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are
I own this fabulous book myself so I can definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys Danny Gregory's ink and watercolor illustrations, because this book has 200 pages full of them! The book is hand-written the entire way through and I pretty much read it all in one go and it certainly inspired me to live a creative life and not stress that my drawing isn't good enough.
Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz)
Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz)
This book I bought due to being a fan of the illustrations of Quentin Blake in the Roald Dahl books of my childhood. And I wasn't disappointed; charmingly childish, the book is full of drawing prompts and silly ideas for things to draw to make sure that you aren't intimidated by the blank white space.

Biro Sketching

You don't need anything fancy to draw - these sketches were made using just a biro! Also note that the pages are split up into sections - which is a quick way to make drawing a bit less intimidating.
You don't need anything fancy to draw - these sketches were made using just a biro! Also note that the pages are split up into sections - which is a quick way to make drawing a bit less intimidating. | Source

What Are You Wearing?

One idea which is always viable for a drawing is to illustrate what you are wearing - so you never have the excuse that you can't think of anything to draw!

Illustration above by Katie Green.

Click here for more examples.

Tips For Overcoming the Barriers

Personally, the most difficult things about drawing are a) taking the time out to draw when I've got other things to do b) getting started and c) thinking what to draw.

- Taking time out: Anyone has 10 minutes somewhere in their day to draw, whether it's when you wake up or just before you go to sleep (keep your sketchbook next to your bed), when you're half-watching TV, when you're on the train or bus, in a cafe, waiting for a cake to finish baking, when you're sunbathing, when you're on holiday etc. Have a kitchen timer set to 10 minutes if you like.

- What to draw? I've written some drawing prompts on this page, but there is never a lack of things to draw, whether it's household objects, yourself or other people, animals, flowers in your garden or scenes on your travels. Or you can make up characters and monsters or fairytale castles, or doodle random objects or patterns.

- Getting started: getting rid of the blank page is the hardest thing, so just do it without thinking (what is the worst that can happen after all?) - you could splatter some paint on the page and draw over it, draw a scribble and make that into a drawing, draw a border around the page (simple or ornate), split the page into smaller, more bite-size portions, or shade the whole page with watercolour crayons or coloured pencils first :-)


- Keep your sketchbook at hand with the next blank page ready to be drawn on, and your pen/pencil alongside. If you spend a lot of time at the computer for instance, keep it within reach.

- Have relaxing music playing in the background. Anything visual will only distract you, so turn the TV off.

- Look out for things around the house that you would like to draw, whether it's a jar of Marmite, a candlestick or a pile of books. Put these things next to where you keep you sketchbook so there is always something to draw. I like to keep a couple of photo-filled magazines next to my sketchbook so that I can either draw from the photos, or cut them up to use in collages.


Using pastels is fun...and messy!
Using pastels is fun...and messy! | Source

Live Drawing

Drawing Prompts

- Go through the alphabet and draw something for every letter until you get bored.

- Have someone scribble on a piece of paper, and then you must try and create a picture from it.

- Think of 2 different animals. If they had a baby, what would it look like? What would you call it?

- Draw a monster which you would imagine living in a deep, dark cave, or another spooky setting. Then draw this animals predator - or what it eats to survive.

- If you were asked to design a castle for the middle of urban London, what would it look like?

- Re-design the Daleks (from Doctor Who) to make them more dangerous.

- Draw a giant, human-eating plant.

- Draw 5 completely different pairs of shoes.

- What do you think the Loch Ness monster would look like?

- Design a hat worthy of Lady Gaga.

- If you owned a country, what would your flag look like?

- Draw a household object using the hand you don't normally draw with. Then draw it again with your writing hand, but without taking the pen off the paper.

- Draw someone's face whilst only looking at the person's face, not at the page AT ALL!

- Pick a random word from the dictionary and write it out in either 'Las Vegas' style lettering, a spooky font, a chunky font with a spiky metal texture, a cute and fluffy style or as if the word were made of ice.

- Draw an ornate frame around your page. Draw or paint some 'modern art', or cut out a magazine photo to go inside.

- Draw a washing line with clothes and underwear hanging from it.

- Draw a stick man holding a pile of random objects, so that they go up to the top of the page. You can draw a mix of things from books and wellington boots, to anvils and suitcases.

- You could go to the Illustration Friday website and create a drawing based on the 'word of the week'.

- Type a color like 'pink' into Google images and use the results to either copy or give you ideas about what to draw.

- Draw a city skyline at night with skyscraper silhouettes and lit-up windows.

- Get the board game 'Pictionary' and use the cards included to tell you what to draw. Limit yourself to 10 minutes or similar for each drawing.

- Illustrate the letters of the alphabet.

- Draw the back of a spoon to give you practice with reflections.

- Draw your non-drawing hand or your feet.

- Trace lines from photographs; a nice idea to get you drawing without fear of mistakes. Go here for a tutorial.

- Draw a selection of your own, or someone else's, favourite books - like the drawings shown on this blog.

- Draw a bird every day for a month. They can take 5 minutes or an hour, be a doodle or a painting, a cartoon, a fantastical creature or a realistic drawing - it's up to you!

You could do the same for all kind of things such as fish, musical instruments, bugs, monsters, trees, flowers, hats, eye glasses, vehicles/modes of transport, favourite foods etc.

Do each drawing on a separate piece of paper and at the end of the month, bind them all together in a booklet, or display them on your wall as a montage.

- 2 children are trying to sneak into a building without being recognised as children. What disguise are they wearing....fake beards, trench coats, giant platform shoes?!

- Illustrate a cover for your favourite book, or illustrate certain events, scenes or people within a book you are currently reading.

- Draw your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend, with a list of the top 10 things you like about them. If you are single, draw your ideal husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend with the top 10 attributes you would like them to have. It can be as funny or as serious as you like!

- Draw a cityscape around a polystyrene cup - taking inspiration from Cheeming Boey.

- Try the website recommended here to get you started on your drawing - failing that, use paint to make your own random blob and let your imagination fly!

What Have You Eaten Today?

Why not draw your meals or snacks today?
Why not draw your meals or snacks today? | Source

Household Objects


Alphabet Sketching


A fun drawing project is to sketch out an alphabet and make your own font. Or you could choose one letter and decorate it, draw the same letter as many different ways as possible, or draw as many objects you can think of that start with that letter (e.g. 'C' - cat, coat, candle, crayon, clock etc)

Photo by Karen Horton.

Simple Still Life


You will never run out of things to draw with still-life studies - there are subjects all around you whether it's the classic fruit bowl, headphones, sunglasses, shoes or anything at all - you could also focus on just a small part of a larger object such as one corner of an ornate mirror or the reflection on the back of a spoon.

Photo and charcoal drawing by RC Designer.

Cardboard Faces

You could create characters by drawing on shaped squares of cardboard. A fun and quick project!
You could create characters by drawing on shaped squares of cardboard. A fun and quick project! | Source

Drawing With A Ball-Point Pen

Highly Rated Drawing Equipment

You can start drawing with as little as a pencil and a piece of paper, but once you get started you might want to increase the quality of the pencils, pens and paper you use, or even try out different mediums such as ink or pastels?



Why not draw varieties of the same thing, such as gloves, beards, eyes, hairstyles, leaves, drinks glasses, vases, hats, planets, planes, bicycles, underwear, spectacles/sunglasses, shoes, skirts, dresses, keys etc.

Make a Post-It Flip Book

Sketching Tip

Drawing little boxes on your sketchbook pages so that you only have to sketch part of a scene or object is far less intimidating than having to fill a whole page.
Drawing little boxes on your sketchbook pages so that you only have to sketch part of a scene or object is far less intimidating than having to fill a whole page. | Source

Crazy Drawing With Pen Dots

Not Just Paper


There are so many things to draw and doodle on, including fruit! How about drawing on the sidewalk with chalk? Doodling on a garage door, painting on rocks and pebbles? Drawing with a permanent pen on a plain t-shirt? Painting on branches? Using a porcelain pen to decorate mugs and plates? Loads of possibilities!

12 Drawings a Day

12 drawings a day = 1 second of animation a day.

This amazing video was created over 3 years by sketching on hundreds of used bits of paper.

Photograph Doodling

This style of drawing is so fun - you just use you imagination to recreate your own scene within a photograph.
This style of drawing is so fun - you just use you imagination to recreate your own scene within a photograph. | Source

Do You Draw?

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      Laetitia H. 

      16 months ago

      This article is amazing! Thank you very much for the inspiration and useful tips.

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      Ankit raja 

      4 years ago

      Very useful! Thank you

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      Thomas D 

      5 years ago

      Hi - that's really a great blog entry. I'm all for drawing every day. In fact i've been soing it for more than 5 months now, and I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon (preferebly never!)

      I wrore a blog entry about my experiences some 300 drawings in - it's got some points important for the motivational aspects. I'd be happy if you'd include it in your list above!

      Have a great day!


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      6 years ago

      I have a program on my tablet that I love to draw with. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      6 years ago

      Great tips, thanks!

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      6 years ago

      I don't know if it can really be called drawing, but I do doodle a bit. My artistic level never matured much past kindergarten.

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      Jackson Thom 

      6 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      I have a pencil with me at almost all times. I doodle in the corners of pages, or all over things whenever I get the chance. Great article!

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      6 years ago

      I keep intending to drawing more often, but I get stuck on what to draw. I feel like everything I draw should be exactly the way it is in my head, but often that doesn't happen. It's so relaxing when it "works," though. You've got some good ideas here.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens...Thanks for the tips..

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      7 years ago

      If i get some crayons, paper, pencil or ballpoint pen - my imaginations roll over in the form of gods, animals, nature, cartoon figures etc. Now a days I am getting my hands on Tablet to create something new and share...

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      Carol Houle 

      7 years ago from Montreal

      I used to draw and paint in oils. For a long while I was inspired by book covers and ads in magazines. I really like your prompt sections. Makes me want to give it another go. Nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      I used to draw, it was my escape from bussy life, but now with 3 lil ones it is more-less impossible. Your lens inspired me to at least think about going bact to drawing. Well put together lens.

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      7 years ago

      I have no talent in drawing so...

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Great page. I never really thought of doodling on fruit, and I love the photograph doodling. Pinned to bookmark. I may have to drag out one of the sketchbooks.

    • wellingtonboot profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.K.

      @anonymous: I don't know if this will help but I have a leather journal making tutorial here:

      you could maybe use??

      Thanks for visiting :)

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic ideas, can't wait to begin! Just having a slight problem; am living in Tanzania and they don't sell nice sketch books here. What to do; make one myself with (cerial boxes) cartboard as front and back? Any ideas on this one; anyone???? Thanks!!! Inge

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      7 years ago

      Your lenses are like a good potato chip; it's impossible to stop at just one! This makes three lenses of yours, and only of yours, SquidAngel blessed by me today. I'm stopping for the day, but I know I'll be back! And I'm adding this lens as a resource on my own lens, "Squidspiration". Cheers and have a great daay!

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      7 years ago

      I love to draw since young and was quite good at it but I quit because life gets in the way and people said you can't make a living selling art (not true of course). I wish I never listen to their opinions and I wasted years of not drawing. I started to draw again this month mostly because my young daughter loves scribbling and playing with crayons so I thought why not inspire her to pick up drawing? Within 2 weeks I filled up 2 sketchbooks and started my third. It's fun and I think I won't stop this time. You have some great ideas on this lens that I wanted to try. Thanks for sharing them.

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      7 years ago

      I can really relate to your lens! If you get a second, I would love it if you would check out mine :)

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      7 years ago

      very inspiring

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      7 years ago

      I used to enjoy drawing with chalk. Right now, I'm engrossed in my kids' lives and have very little time for being artistic. However, my son, 10, enjoys drawing. He studies it and draws almost all day!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens and as an artist myself I love the face on the apple.

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      7 years ago

      This lens is inspiring to me to create daily! Thanks for sharing!

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      Love your sketches and thanks for all those prompts. I spend more time thinking about sketching than actually putting pen to paper sometimes

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      Love this lens, very imaginative and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Such a wealth of ideas for drawing....I think this will help get me drawing again

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      daisychainsaw lm 

      7 years ago

      This is a great lens, really useful, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      i love deawing, i draw everyday <3 thanks soo much for th tips there soo usufull!!! thankyou !!! this is my favourite art website naw ! heheheh

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      7 years ago

      Wow! This is a great lens. All this information is sparking all sorts of ideas. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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      7 years ago

      I love your lens. So informative and some great ideas. I also found out that I could draw once I actually tried it but I don't seem to be able to keep up with it. I admire anyone that does and continues practicing each day.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens here! I added you to my sidebar on my "do you like to draw?" lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Sarah Switalski 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      It's been a long time since I sat down to draw anything but I would love to make it a part of each day again. Thanks for the tips!

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      7 years ago

      Drawing is my passion but I had no much time because I am working :)

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      7 years ago

      waw nice...I like this

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      7 years ago

      very nice. Thank you for sharing so many tutorials!

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      7 years ago

      makes me remember my sketching mode ...nice lens

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      8 years ago

      I should get back to sketching daily! And those books are a nice collection! :)

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      xisniel lm 

      8 years ago

      What a great lens, thanks for the tips! :)

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      8 years ago

      I love those post!!! <3

      I will always visit this website! COOL!!!:D

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      8 years ago

      I came back here for more inspiration! This lens is great, and I always find something here that stirs my imagination!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! Amazing I haven't read all of it, but it certainly makes me enthusiastic. I've started drawing again a year ago, but certainly need some more drive. *bookmarks page*

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      8 years ago

      great lens, you really make people enthusiastic for drawing. I love to draw and teach about improvisation and drawing. Great fun

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      8 years ago

      hello! i also love to draw ever since i was a child. i really find your lens great, informative and inspirational :)

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      8 years ago

      I bought a set of colored fine point sharpies and I draw my own coloring books. I like to color inside the lines so drawing with the sharpie first and then using my huge box of crayons makes me happy. Fun lens.

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      8 years ago

      Tips and talks about drawing is very important. Reading and drawing is so good for the youth and as adults too.

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      8 years ago

      Studentz, Your lens really got me thinking

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      8 years ago

      Thank you. I'm inspired!

    • KandH profile image


      8 years ago

      When I want to draw, I do and I enjoy it :) Nice lens!

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      8 years ago

      Great Lens! I draw every day, of course, it is how I make my living. Still, I still have times when I just don't "feel" it. However, it always passes and i begin to feel that need again. you presented a lot of good info for beginners. I have met so many people who have always longed to create and i always tell them to "just do it." Start small and be persistent. Your lens would be a very good place to start. :)

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      8 years ago

      This is one of the prettiest lenses I've seen today. Very inspiring! I love the drawing prompt list. There tons of writing prompt memes out there but we doodlers need more drawing prompts! Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      I had to come back and bless this lens. I really enjoyed the drawing prompts.

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      8 years ago

      I like this lens. I always have my sketchbook nearby. The drawing prompts are great. I'm gonna bookmark it. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      a great collection of suggestions - thank you!

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      8 years ago

      I need to get back to drawing. Thanks for the drawing prompts!

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      8 years ago

      I like the list of Drawing Prompts - just what's needed to get me to pick up a pencil more often.

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      8 years ago

      I've been looking for inspiring content for years! and you were. Every single thing on this lens has inspired me. Especially the the tutorial on "drawing everyday" and the book "Drawing for the Undiscovered. You are Generous and Kind. Thanks for your hard work for me to enjoy and learn from!

    • dwnovacek profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful and inspiring lens. Angel Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      inspiring lens

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      8 years ago from Corbin, KY

      i might start

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      Recession Proof2 

      8 years ago

      Great lens, thanks.

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      8 years ago

      As an artist, I must say I just fell in love with your lens! Beautiful drawings (my favorite is the oil pastel patterns), beautiful theme. I'm currently in the process of making drawing a daily part of my life now. Your beautiful lens is reminding me to do so. Thank you for sharing you passion for drawing!

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      8 years ago

      Very cool lens! Lots of sketching inspiration here!

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      8 years ago

      Hi, there! Love the lens and the variety of pictures you put up. Love the godzilla/town picture mash up, the apple sketch (and the picture there in ... nice!). I also like the socks sketch. Lots of inspiration here! Nice work!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens. A lot of great tips and ideas. I love it.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens! I like it :)

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      serenity4me lm 

      9 years ago

      Very nice. I draw and paint. I would give anything if I could just sit and paint while watching the garden - 24/7. You can get so much peace by just relaxing and enjoying whatever it is you're creating. Loved the lens!

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      Actiongames LM 

      9 years ago

      Some times I need to just draw!!! I do many types of art but drawing is not my strong suit. I use drawing to start and find my baring. Nice lens

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      9 years ago

      I agree, great Lens, I love drawing and painting, and Lensrolled this to my Outstanding Zazzle Atrists Lens.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens :) I enjoyed reading it.

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      OriginArtz LM 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the input. I am also thinking of drawing everyday because I think that my creative side is always ignored ( Dang, logic ). I've lensrolled this lens for my my first lens

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      9 years ago from U.K.

      Thanks very much! I'm glad you like this page :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Fabulous lens! Makes me want to pull out a piece of paper, or an apple, and start sketching again. Awesome examples and tips.

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely drawing page. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      9 years ago

      LOVE this lens. Have just lensrolled it to my SketchingEveryday lens. Great ideas and content!

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      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Everyone should make their mark - be it doodling on a napkin, in a journal, or on a board. This is a beautifully inspiring lens.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting and fun. Enjoyed every aspect and am now motivated to take up back my drawing tools.

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      9 years ago

      What a great lens. Now I'll have to get by the barrier and pick up my pen and sketch. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      I am going to try to draw/doodle more this year! My daughter is teaching me to love art and creativity.

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      Barb McCoy 

      9 years ago

      I am loving your lens! So much to be inspired the Post-It flip book! Thanks so much for the great info.

      I am adding it to my favorites, lensrolling to my art lenses, and blessing.

      ***Blessed by an Angel***

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      9 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I could doodle and sketch all day, if given the opportunity. I use anything I have in front of me as well.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens.I too sketch. but I'm not an artist.

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      Joy Neasley 

      9 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love to draw everyday. Recently though, I have decided to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day drawing a baseball sized card, using the basic foundations of drawing techniques. I am less then a month into it, and have realized that with the cards, I can see the development and improvement rather quickly.

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      9 years ago

      I've always felt like i can't draw, but now i'm really inspired to give it another go. Fav + thumbs ^!


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      9 years ago

      Very inspiring lens, I love to draw but as you say its just finding the time, getting started and finding the inspiration in everyday life. You have given me hope that it is possible if I really want to. I will defiantly try more :)

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      Wendy T. Gibson 

      9 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Thank you!

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      9 years ago

      :D Awesome! I love the prompts~ They're so... Inspiring! XD I'm glad I found this place~ ^^

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      9 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens!! You've included so much great stuff!!! I know I'll be returning. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      What a nice art lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      9 years ago

      Very inspiring lens! Hope it helps me) I don't even know either I like or hate to draw, because my self-criticism makes almost every new picture a disappointment. I'm in search for the solution of the problem for now.


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