Moods and Momentum in Your Daily Drawing Practice

January 24, 2018
A pen sketch using a Faber Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen (black ink) on Lettra Ecru. That’s an all cotton paper that can be purchased from Neenah, and some local print shops and suppliers. 9 x 11 inches. The pen was running out of ink. I love when that happens.

The sketch in today’s post is the first sketch I did on the day following my November 19, 2017 fall (torn tendons and ligaments, and small fracture in left foot).

I think you can tell from the sketch exactly how high my frustration level is as I sit up with a pen, my foot in an immobilization boot propped up on a footrest, and grind out the shapes and values.

It took me several days to develop a new working posture while in the boot. 

This is in my loose sheets journal from 2017—I keep my loose sheet journals in archival boxes. I pre-cut sheets of paper to the 9 x 12 inch size. This allows me to change up the papers I work on while I’m in the studio. You can use the categories list to find out more about my loose sheets journals: “loose sheet journal,” and “unbound journals.”

I’m grateful that I made this sketch because it reminds me (by the time stamp) that I wasn’t going to go to bed injured without doing my daily practice. (I sketched after the accident the day before.)

This sketch, along with the sketch I did in the emergency room, set up the momentum that has kept me drawing throughout my “immobilization.” 

Eventually it became, if not comfortable, at least not unpleasant, to sketch while my foot was in the “boot” and elevated. 

Gradually as my foot has improved I have been able to simply sit up with the “boot” on. (I admit I’m a bit claustrophobic so I’m looking forward to not wearing it much longer.)

Remember: sometimes it’s easier to simply sketch, than to think of the 10,000 reasons why you don’t want to, can’t, don’t feel like it, or don’t have the time. 

Who are you kidding?



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