A friend recently asked how to get into a routine of drawing, and I shared with her my methods of finding the time in a busy schedule to keep progressing in my pursuit of better draftsmanship. I draw from a live model one night a week; when my schedule and the weather allow I draw the cityscape outside during lunch; and I sneak drawing into my nights and weekends whenever it doesn't negatively impact my family.
This weekend, I found a great tool to help me draw just five more minutes here and there each day: my stepson's portable easel with chalkboard. He loves to draw and paint, so the chalkboard is often around. Now I use it as much as he does. All I have time for–before my "models" move or before my stepson becomes too intrigued to let me draw solo–is about a two-minute gesture drawing or pencil sketch.
The chalk drawing gets erased rather quickly by little hands, so I can't feel precious about my lines. Just get it down and see how it works.
Where there's a will, there's a way. Anyone else have any tips on how to get a little more drawing done each day?