Why do we sketch?

Posted on Friday 2 March 2007

I wanted to ask all of you who sketch this question.
“why do you sketch?”
I was sketching in the airport a few weeks ago and started to ask myself this question.
“why am I sketching?”
Sketching is quite different from finished art work. It is sometimes just doodles, sometimes a thought process, and sometimes a practice. Often, it is not meant to be seen.
We don’t make money off of it most of the time.
I definitely started sketching in school because my teacher told me we should all carry sketch book wherever we go so we improve our drawing ability whenever possible. And yes, it is true. I learn just as much from sketching as in any other drawing classes.
But I wonder if that’s the case all the time? Of course, I want to be practicing all my life to be a better artist than yesterday. I believe that the mileage of drawing counts.(in other words there’s no short cut)
But sometimes, I am drawing and find myself feeling so peaceful. Almost like some form of a meditation. I was taught in school that I need a purpose when I draw. Don’t put lines unless I know where I’m going…. I have to admit that I do lots of purposeless drawings/lines when I sketch these days.
Hmm… I don’t even know what I’m getting at. I wonder what other people think about the reason. We all certainly want to create some good art work but I think sketching doesn’t necessarily fall into that either.
Share your thoughts if you have spare time.

41 Comments for 'Why do we sketch?'

  1.  
    March 2, 2007 | 2:58 pm
     

    I’ll say because it’s awesome and fun and perfect for waiting in airports for hours at a time, or waiting in the car for your girlfriend. It also feels good when you get a good drawing. a good pen also feels really nice to draw with. (Getting deep now) it also heightens our perceptions of the world around us and makes us appreciate small stupid things that people never take the time to look at. Yeah Dice! it was good to see you the other week.

  2.  
    jc
    March 2, 2007 | 7:51 pm
     

    I think we sketch cuz we have to! I wish i carried my sketchbook everywhere like you do, but don’t and often ending doodling on scrap paper (of course, that’s when i do better drawings!). I love to doodle, altho for the longest time i found it hard NOT to be critical of my sketchbook drawings – when you talked about your professor saying that we should always “draw with purpose” comes to mind. i’ve have gotten so stressed over that for years (and it still sneaks in sometimes)… i ‘m starting to enjoy drawing that’s “purposeless” now and damn, the results are more creative, more personal, and more responsive than anything i could have planned or hoped for. i think that’s what sketching should be all about. a place to play. i still hate showing sketches from it tho, call it fear of rejection (or my weak sense of security), cuz the stuff inthem can be so bizzarre and unpopular/non-technical. altho, now i’m starting to suspect it’s only ugly in our own eyes, and not to others as we (I) so greatly fear.

  3.  
    lilian
    March 2, 2007 | 10:05 pm
     

    hmm.. that is a tough question…. I drawing, sketching, or painting don’t make any difference for me. I just love it all. no other reason…I can think of.

  4.  
    March 2, 2007 | 10:11 pm
     

    Interesting points you raise … one could talk for hours about this stuff. At least one like me …
    I’ve also tried and express some of these thoughts before, when talking about SketchCrawl and what I believe can be special about sketching for a full day.
    But let’s see …

    Like you I feel sketching hasn’t been about bettering my skills, not anymore … it has become more than that.
    I very much agree with Bagel about slowing down and observing … it’s like really seeing something, in depth. It’s like touching something with our eyes …. and pencils .
    I feel more alive in general when doing that.
    It’s very akin to being a writer. I think they can see the world differently, they are able to find interesting things around them where a regular guy might just find them annoying. They see interesting characters, instead of abnoxious people … they see a story instead of an unfortunate accident.
    I think sketching, in its best form, makes us like writers. It makes us curious and positive about what is around us.
    It makes you cherish the world in all its details, be it looking at lamp post in the street or a lion at the zoo .

    Have you tried drawing for a full afternoon in your apartment?
    You are gonna discover so many amazing details and treasures in the last place you’d had thunk to find them: in the objects that you see everyday.
    That is the perfect example of seeing but not “really seeing”. Everything in our homes is familiar, easy to take for granted … when you stop
    and really start looking at those objects to draw them you are gonna have some great discoveries.
    I think outside our apartments, the world out there, can work the same way. In our daily routine it’s easy to take it all for granted, but there’s great beauty and care in all things around us, manmade or not.

    Another point, as you mentioned, is that while sketching and drawing time passes more easily. To take that thought a step further, when strange or unlucky stuff (like your crazy difficult trip to SF) happens it can be mitigated by our disposition to be open to it, curious about it.
    It’s hard to explain, but I guess my point is that at the end of the day, if something goes down wrong (like missing planes, difficult trips, strange happenings, etc) you can either see them as “shit that was awful” or you could see them as “man that sure makes a good story”.
    I’ve experienced that first hand by turning my sketching into journaling through drawings, in simple terms a comic.
    And when I did that, I can assure you that things switched, what I might have considered a serious pain in the ass turned into an interesting turn of events for me to record and retell. You can read the comic example here:
    http://enricocasarosa.com/wordpress.1/?page_id=89
    This goes on a tangent on this topic, as it’s more about fiction and story than it is about sketching, but it stems from very similar places…

    The state of mind that journaling, writing and sketching put one in is really what is amazing to me.
    I’d describe it as being open to the world, curious and positive about its strange ways.
    That is quite priceless.

    So there you have it … discombubulated musings from Enrico …

    take care sketchers and be sure to join in the sketchcrawl fun !
    http://sketchcrawl.com
    cheers

    e

  5.  
    March 2, 2007 | 10:26 pm
     

    Ah, one more thought… sketching also enables us a form of introspection.
    Which I think it’s something a lot of us need in one form or the other in our lives, like we need dreaming … or thinking.

    e

  6.  
    Charles Wong
    March 3, 2007 | 6:51 am
     

    To me, it is a practice. once you become pretty good at it, you forget that it’s a practice but I think we all know it is a practice.

  7.  
    March 3, 2007 | 9:21 am
     

    I normally start as practise, but i also love the feeling when the mind trails of and you just start to draw what you like ,without exactly thinking about that it must be good. Its practise, its fun and even unrefined sketches look good cause they are 100% “you” (well mostly ;) ). Its like feeling the artists personality through it ,that is what i reaaaly like about sketches and rough work.
    At least,this is how i think about it right now, i will possibly change my mind later lol

  8.  
    david sweeny
    March 3, 2007 | 11:33 am
     

    man,
    I need to sketch more! You guys have so much philosophy behind sketching!
    Even if I’m not a professional artist, I want to sketch because it’s fun.

  9.  
    March 3, 2007 | 11:38 am
     

    wow,
    already, so many responses! And great to see some of the long thought out voices.

    I guess we all feel there’s no one reason for sketching. We sketch for so many different reasons depending on the occasion.
    but I”m glad I wasn’t the only one who draws for no reasons. I go through those small size moleskin sketchbooks real fast. one a month at least. but lots of pages have crappy or silly drawings I will probably never show on my website or something. but I feel it’s important to sketch no matter how good the outcome is.

  10.  
    March 3, 2007 | 11:49 am
     

    –bagel
    great to hear what your take is. You really turned most of us in our group to do gouache sketching. And I do agree with you about what you said. It’s about what you see and what you take out of what you see. Robert Henri!

    JC–yeah, I agree. we all have certain insecurities but often people like your silliest sketches. And at the same time, we all want to show our art work to a degree. Art is very personal but it touches others with a certain impact because it is your most personal and vulnerable side.

    Lilian–I thnk you said it all. We just love it. Simply.

    Enrico–
    man, good to see you here buddy. Great perspective from the world famous Sketchcrawl founder, mr.Casarosa.
    I’m so glad you were able to share your deep thoughts. I will certainly join your next sketchcrawl. And your Venice Chronicle is what everyone’s been waiting for!

    Charles–maybe you are right. We still practice no matter how much better we got.

    Saska–
    Yeah, true. Sketches are often YOU. IT’s very personal.
    And I agree, we can go on and on but I can easily change my take on this tomorrow. :)

  11.  
    March 3, 2007 | 5:09 pm
     

    [...] An interesting discussion started by my friend Dice Tsutsumi on his blog “Why Sketch?”. I shared some of my views on the matter. It’s really an thought provoking question, especially for addict sketchers like many of us. Take a look and share your point of view. [...]

  12.  
    c
    March 3, 2007 | 10:33 pm
     

    I’m hardly much of a sketcher but I figure I’ll chime in.

    I’ve found that sketching, more than photography or just writing, creates a very strong, tangible bond between my mind and a place. As Dice notes in his entry there is something meditative about the process. And maybe it’s this meditative aspect that helps create such a strong impression. I’ve been on countless trips to countless countries and yet still the select moments where I’ve sat down with a notebook and pen and sketched something almost always remain the clearest memories. I can still remember the shape of some rocks in the side of a cliff in Greece or the number of people sitting at a temple in Kyoto because of the sketches.

    Also, notebooks look better and are more fun to go back over when they’re illustrated!

  13.  
    March 4, 2007 | 10:26 am
     

    maybe it is to maintain that sense of curiosity..cos when one sketch, one sees.
    on a sidenote, i love your works!subarashii!

  14.  
    March 4, 2007 | 3:52 pm
     

    As you already know it. I usually don’t sketch enough. And I can say to you why I don’t. I am so afraid not to be able to do directly a good drawing that I hide my process. I aware it’s a shame, it’s a big mistake…because as soon as I have to draw (work, illustrations) I have to work more and Sometimes I suffer a lot before being satisfied. And, As you already know it, I am a big chatterer but I don’t feel like drawing when I don’t have anything to tell (french paradox)
    When you have got a sketchbook, it’s always the proof or a witness of the way you create. By using flying white pages, I lie to myself. Most of it go to the garbage, no evidence of my lacks of talent.
    Having a sketchbook allows you to talk to yourself. The funny thing is The Sketchtravel project shows that, as soon as you know other artists are going to look at it, you don’t draw the same way at all. I would say that, by sketching free, you are totally naked. A sketch is a true mirror while a cleaner version is how you want to be seen.
    Keep launching that kind of question Master, answers (not necessarily mine) are very interesting.
    And by the way, keep sketching !!!

  15.  
    anne viel
    March 4, 2007 | 4:50 pm
     

    What a interesting question, Dice ! A how interesting are the answers !
    I’d say i sketch because of the unique feeling it gives me : i feel as if there were a thread between people or things i sketch and me, it makes me feel a part of it. Word, pen and hand are in a sort of continuity, in a special dimension.
    Sketch opens my eyes, makes me see.
    These are great feelings, and, as we say in french “la cerise sur le gâteau” (cherry on the cake), it’s a great practise.
    So, i’m sketch addict ! (never heard about sketchcrawl, but i’m ready for the next, thanks for the info, Enrico)

  16.  
    Michael
    March 4, 2007 | 9:19 pm
     

    Hey, never commented here before, but I’m a big fan.

    Whenever someone asks me why I carry a sketchbook everywhere and why I draw every moment I can, I tell “’cause it keeps me sane” or “’cause I love it” and sometimes “‘ cause for some reason, when you’re drawing, chicks get the idea that you’re sensitive”. All of which are true, by the way.

    And what’s more, after you’ve filled a sketchbook to the brim, it looks strangely like your inner monologue.

  17.  
    March 5, 2007 | 10:05 am
     

    ahh, good question.
    hmm…well, for many reasons but two that jump into my head are…

    1. I like to capture situations…emotional, funny, provoking, whatever the scenario is it’s fun to disect what’s happening and almost make it your own. For example I was at a cafe with amy and across from us sat a couple, a couple very different in size, much like amy and myself. aside from their amazing visible contrast they talked about politics, talked about their students (i think they were instructors at columbia), drank coffee and finally the guy asked her back to his place. an amazing step in a relationship….and now it’s in my sketchbook.

    2. the second reason i love to sketch…and as cheesy as this answer may be….is to get lost. to become someone else, to go to another place, to let steam off after a bad day, to create my own little world.

    thanks for that question dice. it inspired me. anyways hope this helps!

  18.  
    March 5, 2007 | 10:30 am
     

    hmm…
    more thoughts from you guys… These are fantastic.
    I can say all the things you guys said are true. But I’m glad you shared your thoughts with us because it gave me a lot of perspective.

    I can see writing diary or poems might be similar. I’m coming from all writers’ family and I wish I picked up their gene ever slightly but instead, I was the ugly duckling. The only thing that maybe different between writing and drawing, like C says, is that drawing is mostly done with a left brain. (not always but) And maybe why we feel more directly connected to the subject we are drawing.

    c–thanks for sharing your thoughts. I went to visit your website. Beauuuuuutiful photography. I was so inspired to see your work and excited to know someone of your profession might be seeing my blog.

    James–thank you. Seems like you traveled to Japan a lot?

    Gerald– don’t worry my friend! We all feel scared to death to show our art work to anyone. Indeed, especially sketching is almost like yourself naked!

    Anne Viel–
    wow, la cerise sur le gâteau, huh? Yes, that special feeling is what we are after isn’t it? That is absolutely why we create!

    Michael–
    ha ha ha, I love your answers. Indeed!

    Willie–
    Yep, that’s so true too. We are all storytellers on our own. And sketching can allow us to observe and look for those provoking stories. Sometimes I get lost sketching and even forget what I’m drawing. Often I can be talking to someone and sketching at the same time without taking my attention away from conversation.

  19.  
    March 5, 2007 | 12:36 pm
     

    interesting thought! …never thought of that before…anyway, I guess it’s fun and addictive!…aside from the fact that it’s one of the things I love doing! one time, i remember sketching on the whole cover of a sketchbook(18″ x 24″) and didn’t realized i already filled the whole page without even knowing what I’m doing… I guess it ‘s also different from each artist. it’s always fun to look at other people’s sketches no matter what the subject is…the fact that we’re seeing and feeling emotions in a sketch is a priceless! for me, i think it’s therapeutic! and you’re right! it’s also meditative, once you start doing it, it takes you to a special place where you achieve peace and comfort in a solitary way— although it’s also fun doing it with other sketchers!

    —cheers sketchcrawlers!

    RM

  20.  
    March 5, 2007 | 12:54 pm
     

    we sketch becouse is like breathing, good ideas emerge from sketching, and is simply fun, great question!

  21.  
    March 5, 2007 | 3:52 pm
     

    Dude, this question is on par with the meaning of life! I guess I draw for the simple fact that I can. And with all this information sharing and blogging going on, perhaps one day I’ll even get good at it.
    By the way, your library card has expired on my Heinrich Klay books. My fault too.
    I need to stop by one of these days.
    CYA
    *R

  22.  
    March 5, 2007 | 5:32 pm
     

    In my case, I guess it all starts with the hope of improvement. But I think that along the way you realize that you are sketching for it’s own sake, not so much for the images generated as for the process experienced. I feel that sketching (or whatever you do in your sketchbook) is getting you closer to where you want to be. I like the idea that it’s a way to come to some deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Every once in a while I wonder why I’m doing it…what’s the point? ..but that soon passes, thankfully!

  23.  
    Saul Goode
    March 5, 2007 | 8:31 pm
     

    #1 reason Why I sketch:
    One day, my mentor told me,
    “All artist will always have ugly drawings…
    You will go through so many ugly drawings before you get to the beautiful drawings.
    Sketching on a daily basis will help you get all the ugly drawings out of the way.”

    That same day,
    I walked into the emergency room
    and demanded that a sketchbook should be surgically attached
    to the rightside of my hip.
    (I always carry a pocket-sized sketchbook)

    #2 reason Why I Sketch:
    Improving Observation Skills
    To get to the beautiful drawings
    you need to know how to find the beauty
    in the things you observe.
    Its the first step before translating it on paper.
    (the 11×15 sketchbook in my backpack)

    #3 reason Why I Sketch:
    Proffessionally.
    If you are in the industry where a sketchbook is required
    Sketching may not necessarily be improving any kind of skill
    but, brainstorming ideas, concepts, keyframes, layouts, etc.
    There are many muscles involved in sketching,
    the muscles in your hand and that sketching muscle in your brain.
    Well, if you were a professional athlete instead of a professional artist
    you would be training those muscles on a daily basis.
    When observing a sketcher sketching
    on the outside he/she seems to be in a peaceful meditative state
    but on the inside his/her brain is
    brewing up a category 6 hurricane.
    (the 8×10 sketchbook in my laptop bag)

    #4 reason Why I Sketch:
    The same reason why I blog.
    An outlet. Stress release. A hobby.
    I suck at blogging
    or I should just say…
    I dont blog as well as I sketch.
    but whether you suck at blogging or sketching
    its no reason why you shouldn’t.
    I recommend you do one or the other or both.
    (If I forget to bring my sketchbook,
    I get any scrap paper, napkin, back of a hand,
    and use the pencil surgically attached to my left hip)

  24.  
    March 6, 2007 | 2:24 pm
     

    I agree with all of these responses, my first animation teacher, Jeff Biancalana ;) Told me something that has stuck, we’re making a difference, we are “unsung heroes..(brad bird)” people use art to sleep in, get dressed in, get to work in, and to pay the bills with, and to express their love with.
    I just want to keep up to the best of my ability to meet the needs of those things.
    On a very personal perspective though I also sketch to feel moments more for what they are. When traveling, as much as I love cameras, when I get to sit and sketch, it shapes better memories, I guess you could call it a gesture of that moment, plus it means I get to sit and soak it all in from that point for a good hour or two before I move onto the next sweet tourist spot.
    Thanks for letting us share Dice.

  25.  
    March 8, 2007 | 12:13 am
     

    Wow,
    Everyone, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is all true and still all different from artist to artist. It really inspired me to think about it. I sometimes feel there’s a bit of “head heavy” trend in the world of contemporary art but not necessarily from heart. So I hesitate to think too much about what I do. But it IS interesting to stop once and think about what we all naturally do everyday. I really loved all you said. I wish we can talk about this sort of thing again in the future.

    roland–
    peace in a solitary way…. yeah, that’s it. that’s exactly what I was feeling when I did the drawing above.

    Daniel—
    yeah, it is like breathing.. and slowing down your breathing like Yoga breathing, helps you a lot.

    Rob—
    Dude, all the answers of drawing are in the Kley book you let me borrow years ago!
    Seriously, let’s meet up soon so I can return your treasures.

    Michael–
    yeah, every once in a while….I question myself too..”what the hell am I doing??” :)

    Saul—
    thanks for the super duper descriptive thoughts!
    I didn’t know they could attach the sketch book on your butt! I should go to the emergency room tomorrow too. wait,, what happens if I run out of paper though?

    Martin–
    I agree!!! I happen to be the worst photographer! I always come home from a trip with only a few pictures in my digital camera.. How was Jeff as a teacher?? He’s an amazing story teller and the funniest guy ever.

    thanks everyone and come again

    dice

  26.  
    March 10, 2007 | 6:19 am
     

    Hey Dice,
    Jeff B was an awesome teacher as most of his students will say. He is 80% heart with 20% craziness. He is one of a few teachers who inspired me a lot, plus he taught us not only as a teacher, but spoke and hung out with us as peers, not many teachers in my experience do that. Responsible, caring, sometimes forgetful, definitely entertaining, most importantly, always a friend.

  27.  
    March 12, 2007 | 6:21 pm
     

    wow so many interesting point of view on this topic. I think sketching represents a little bit of all of those things for me. At first I sketched because it was fun. I did it simply for the joy that it brought me. I think I still do sketch for that reason, but as I was exposed to more artwork and fine drawing, I sketched because I wanted to get better. Whether it was to be a better draftsman or to strengthen my ideas, sketching became an exercise, much like how weightlifting is for an athlete.
    I think that while these still apply to some extent, I sketch now because I feel it gives me a greater sensitivity for my surroundings. About 10 years ago my grandmother died and I was there with her in her final days, sketchbook in hand. At that point my sketchbook took on a different meaning for me. As horrible as that time was for me, it recorded my final precious days I had with someone I truly loved. My sketchbook helps me preserve my memories. From the good times to the sad, time spent with family and friends, to my travels or the mundane trips on the subway, my sketchbook helps me remember all of the small details and emotions that I would forget otherwise.

  28.  
    March 13, 2007 | 3:13 am
     

    Wow, this is a perfect thread for anyone wanting to know the reason behind sketching. There’s so many possibilities and areas to explore! And to expand upon some ideas a little….

    People have mentioned storytelling, memories and events…from life. And, as an animator (in training), I have come to learn that the best stories will come from our surroundings, and all the interesting people in our lives. Observation, and being aware of that around us will create more unique and original material, rather than regurgatating(sp) previous content.

    Great topic!! Somebody could easily gather all the information from here and organize a very insightful and informative essay =) (Knowing that we all have sooo much free time, haha…)

  29.  
    March 13, 2007 | 3:21 am
     

    Oh yeah…I left out the main point that I wanted to mention…

    When I look back through past sketches, there are HUNDREDS of stories. Each little scribble has a small tale to tell. Each person, each tree, each building. It’s a perfect way to put together a database full of life. Definitely a great way to spark fresh ideas.

  30.  
    March 17, 2007 | 8:40 am
     

    martin–
    cool man, I’ll make sure I let Jeff know that you came to my blog. thanks!

    Bob–
    it’s great to hear your insight on this. I think you are one of the best sketchers ever. Your sketch book inspires me more than anything. Hope you update your blog more often! :)

    Michael—
    hahaha,, essay.. yeah, if not this one but they should write on this topic. I often go back to Robert Henri’s Art Spirit and it is so inspiring to read what other artists’ views on things.
    your thinking on sketching is also inspiring. thanks for sharing.

  31.  
    May 3, 2007 | 1:24 pm
     

    For me, it’s almost like directly related to my sanity. As a mom of 2 young boys, I realized that I had no time to do the artwork and painting I went to school for, and thought of as “accomplishing”. I came across Danny Gregory’s site and books, and started sketching pretty much everyday, as a way to reconnect with my art, and feel creative, and take in the small moments. The drawing themselves weren’t the best work I’ve ever done, though some friends of mine really like it. For me, it reopened a door, and now is a stepping stone of recordings of life, with a mix of ideas for bigger and more finished work. I love it, and I couldn’t live without my sketchbook with me, everywhere I go.

  32.  
    June 1, 2007 | 8:15 am
     

    I love this discussion even though it started a while ago. I think I sketch because it helps my drawing skills trememdously. I like drawing and painting figures, with constant sketching everyday I begin to understand what matters most in a figure or face – it helps me edit the unimportant! Thanks for all your encouraging comments

  33.  
    July 12, 2007 | 8:09 pm
     

    I don’t know why… so many of my friends ask me if I ever get bored of drawing, I tell them this illness is called sketchsick, hahaha. Perhaps because it’s kind of therapy, I can feel the same as you do whenever I do it, it’s so peaceful and relaxing… yup that’s it. Sketching is good for the soul and anyone who calls himself as an artist can tell you that. Keep up the good work sensei!

  34.  
    Seeker
    July 25, 2007 | 2:21 am
     

    Sketchcrawl 14 was the initiation point for me, a trigger to start doing what I did off and on when I was younger. The camera took over sometime after — ah those 110 cameras — yeah quite a while ago ;) Why do I sketch? or why do I continue to do so after that event? to practice at being able to capture the essence of the location in a more meaninful way than the previous sketch, and to become part of the environment… Filbert steps (San Francisco) is a nice area where many people pause as they walk towards the Coit tower or away from it, with camera in hand they snap pictures, sometimes hold hands and glance around.. a picture is taken, the moment, that moment is frozen in an instance, it’s done time to move on, thoughts… worries.. fill one’s mind again..

    Sketching in the other hand to me seemed to be another component of the pause of life.. the second reason followed by the first.
    Without getting too philosophical, i think in some instances is the connection of oneself with the environment being captured. It is the aH Ha! moment of creation. Time stands still… between the artist and the environment, it is you, the pencil and everything around you.

  35.  
    anthony faria
    August 22, 2007 | 11:02 am
     

    sketching has always been a form of communicating my thoughts about what i see or feel. it helps me to understand what i want to say on a larger scale in some other form of art. it’s a very personal experience. when i look back over the years through my old sketch books i remember every one of my drawings, where i was, who or what i was drawing at the time, even how i felt at the time. it’s a wonderful way for me to stay connected and to always to be thinking creatively.

  36.  
    oth
    September 14, 2007 | 8:47 pm
     

    I can definitely relate to this emotion of zen that some of you feel when you sketch. When i draw. Its something about pencil(of brush) and just paper and seeing. When i definitely forget about problems i have- if something big is still bothering me – it gives me a quite space to just think about them.

    I used to feel the same when i did really long algebraic equations. (the simple computational stuff not anything hard.) i would start out with just a pencil and paper and a short equation. Then I just process it out- this number goes there. that number goes here and then you were done and the math problem was solved. and you’d have this whole page of numbers- showing your thinking.

    I don’t do the math stuff now but somehow it reminds me of sketching. I remember reading a book called zen and the art of archery which talks about this similar feeling. It basically helps us get into that moment of focus- where we are relaxed and at our best. I think zen can actually be learned through any medium- be it sketching, ink painting or sword fighting.

    Very similar to what athletes probabbly refer to as being in “the zone” sketching more often allows you to get into this state very quickly inorder to produce your best work.

    aside from all that, i definitely sketch because of a more practical reason that it instantly relaxes me and makes all my problems go away.

  37.  
    maeg
    May 13, 2008 | 11:43 pm
     

    There’s an activeness to sketches that I like. I’ve always liked my random sketches better than most of my intentional works. And I agree it is relaxing almost hypnotizing.

  38.  
    ronald
    June 14, 2008 | 6:09 am
     

    sketching is a good way to start a portrait and get things right where you redo it to makem perfect and real quick to finish

  39.  
    punk
    November 9, 2010 | 12:55 pm
     

    i think we sketch cause it gives us peaice it lets us leave the world of reality nd go 2 where anything is possible we go 2 a wholenew world that if ur smart enough u relize is the world we live in but no one gets that nor relizes it anything is possible but drawing lets us go towards that nd see it more cause when we r in the form we r in there is such limits to seeing wat is in the world :like continents nd wats beneath the sea: nd doing things to explore outter space nd other worlds

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    Ben
    November 5, 2011 | 11:33 am
     

    I sketch to get all of the dark things out of my head, if im not thinking when im sketching its working, then i have a picture of something from my head, so the lines are purposeless when im doing it but it gains purpose with the finished product.

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