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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Conquer the Blank Page with a Drawing Practice Book

Drawing Practice Book - Catsup

When wishing to practice your sketching or painting, have you ever been intimidated by a blank piece of watercolor paper or a blank sketchbook page staring you in the face? Ever wished there was a way to practice drawing without intimidation? Here's a technique to get you past that feeling...

I first ran across this great idea in Martha's superb sketch 'zine Trumpetvine Travels Volume 1 which featured an article titled "Drawing Practice Book" about using a small book as a sketchbook in which to practice.

The idea here is basic: improving your drawing skills means drawing regularly, and by using an old book in which to draw, there's no hesitation to get started and no expectations for the outcome.

If you'd like to try this, it doesn't have to be expensive; I bought my book at a garage sale for 25 cents! The downside--it had a lot of pictures in it and not much text... Martha suggests that you look for an old hardbound book that's "not too big to carry with you, feels good in the hand, and opens fairly flat."

I used this technique back in 2004, and thought I would post a few of my results. I haven't seen many images of this type of work on the web, so I'm interested if this technique has helped you personally... leave a comment if you wish! I'd love to see other examples of this.

7 comments:

Wendy said...

I love this idea. The results are much more interesting than in an ordinary sketchbook.

Laurel Neustadter said...

I love how your drawing turned out ... the background text adds interest.

Martha said...

Wonderful examples of the drawing practice book, Steve. I haven't done any of these lately, but you've reminded me to go back to it. It really did help me develop my drawing skills.

Julie said...

Great idea. The drawings really look cool on the printed page. Makes me want to attempt my Altered Book Journal project that has been sitting on my shelf for the past 2 years! Thanks for sharing.

Roshanda said...

I have never tried this, but have been wanting to for quite some time now. I like how your page turned out.

j. said...

Do you happen to know if it would be considered "copyright infringement" for someone to sell a drawing they did on a page from a book?

Steve Penberthy said...

j. -- That's a great question. And I'm not sure I have a good answer. I'm no expert on the subject of copyrights, but I would think that an actual, original page with paintings or sketches upon it, removed from a book, would be okay to sell. I've seen scrapbook/collage books that use pages torn from books; perhaps this is similar...