Fast Sketching on a Grid

Golf courses are so enjoyable to walk around. I walked with my husband around nine holes in Palmer with my sketchbook. I’ve never been a very fast sketcher, but I wanted to see if I could get some sketches down between his shots. I started out sketching with a pen on a grid of about 2″ x 3″ rectangles. Each of these took less than two minutes. I filled them in with watercolor later. The larger ones I sketched at the tee or while my husband putted at the green, giving me a little more time.

If you are new to sketching and want an idea for getting started, consider this approach. Think of something interesting to you, then make a grid and fill it with simple images. If you look at the small sketches I did, you will see there aren’t very many lines drawn.  The color gives it life. Use watercolor, colored pencil, markers, or even crayons. You could do everyday objects such as shoes or mugs or do a page of blossoms growing in your garden-or weeds as the case may be. Fishing tackle would make interesting images to draw. Remember, you don’t have to fill up the page in one day. Enjoy the process and sketch what you know or explore what you don’t. I don’t know much about horse tack, but there is a barn nearby with lots of things to draw. Might be fun!

I’d love to know if you do this and how it works for you.

2 thoughts on “Fast Sketching on a Grid

  1. What a good idea, Suzie! I always think I don’t have time to sketch when I’m out and about running errands. But I may be able to do this. It looks fun. Thanks for posting.

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