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In the busy schedule of work and life, Richard tries, like many other artists, to manage my work-life balance. He cannot jump in and create his next piece of art without first practice sketching and getting warmed up. He tries to sketch wherever and whenever he can. He sketches  for pure pleasure and for himself, but there are many benefits from a habitual routine of daily sketching for anyone who likes to draw.

The most obvious reason for sketching is to get better at what we do as artists. If you practice something long enough it becomes second nature and your skills refine. Beyond the obvious, it is a great way to focus on areas that need particular work. If he is struggling to get a likeness of someone, he does many thumbnail sketches until he gets it right - he never settles for the first attempt. As you sketch more, you learn from your mistakes and the finished picture will be far better.

His advice to you? Take 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes a day to put pencil to paper, finger to iPad or pen to galaxy Note 3 mobile using Sketchbook (try it, it is fun). Daily sketches should not be about how long it takes you to draw the chosen subject but learning and enjoyment. It is your sketchbook, you do not have to show it anyone - it is for eyes only!

He would also try to join any of the urban sketchers art groups around the cities nationwide - or set one up yourself. They are very popular and you meet many like minded sketchers just like you. Why not give it a try!


 

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