It's not easy to start sketching, it's probably as difficult as maintaining the habit of posting on your blog (oops!) haha. Sometimes you may feel that If you stop in order to sketch then you are going to interrupt the vacation, the hike, or even the conversation. And when you lose the habit you feel like you can't draw any more... and then you may even stop drawing! and let's face it that's just horrible. I have found several tricks that help, on this post, tricks that will help you build the habit:
- Get people involved: Make your family or friends part of it from the beginning. Tell them that you want to sketch your trip, that you are going to bring your art supplies with you... That will make them remind you that you should draw and even encourage you to do it, instead of you suddenly telling them.
- Social Media: Publishing your sketches on Instagram, Facebook, or your own website can feel scary. But it's actually incredibly encouraging, and its a great reminder that you have to do more in order for you to post at least once or twice a week.
- Bring the materials always with you: Always always? yes always :). Bring materials you are comfortable with and that are light to carry, for example, I like pastel pencils because they are easy to carry and you can make very colorful, beautiful things in a short period of time. I also like those small watercolor sets that come with a brush and a small water container, again, it's something easy to carry and very colorful.
- Find the moments: Be ready to identify those moments when everybody is resting for a while, or the waiter takes a long time to bring your food... Take advantage of those opportunities and draw what you are seeing, no matter what it is, I am sure you can make it interesting.
- No judgement: Sketching should be fun, don't judge your drawings, this is you learning, having fun and contemplating the landscape. I know there's a part of you thinking oh god, this is embarrassing, oh no I can't believe I did this. Don't listen to that part of you, instead listen to all those friends saying such great things about you and your work. And remember that nobody is good at first, every artist has a painting that was not so good, what made them good is that they kept trying, and they kept enjoying what they were doing until then, eventually became good, (this goes for me too and my blogging and sketching abilities).
- Follow @egpeces on Instagram: Follow or tag me and let me know how is the coping of your fears going, I'd love to see those wonderful places you will go and how you capture them, as we send each other the courage to create!