How do I think? I sketch!

Looking at Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of birds I imagine how the artist likely thought about more than just the birds themselves. He would have been caught up in ideas of flight and soaring in air. That's the power of a sketch. It can transport you.
Looking at Leonardo da Vinci's sketch
of birds I imagine how the artist likely
thought about more than just
the birds themselves. He would have
been caught up in ideas of flight and
soaring in air. That's the power of a
sketch. It can transport you.

I have a sketchbook that I take everywhere. It is filled with more writings and lists than drawings, but I just feel like I can't step out of the door without it. Not because anything I draw is ever that great, but because sketching is a way to think, to muse, to ponder and puzzle out the things that are swirling around in my head.

So when you think about it, pencil sketches aren't paper and graphite, they are an engine or vehicle that we can use to think. I was reading a blog entry from Cloth Paper Scissors on drawing that got me inspired about all of this because it pointed out that "how to draw" isn't about sketching techniques and drawing basics alone. Drawing is thinking, too, and "an act of the mind" just as much as it is an act of the hand. And what you can learn about yourself as you draw can be really insightful. Read the entire blog for some great food for thought. It certainly got me thinking. Enjoy!

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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