“[Dean's] joyful approach to embracing imperfections throughout the process is a breath of fresh air… Thanks to her inclusive style, beginners and pros alike can feel confident in their creativity.” —Brit + Co
Let beloved art teacher Peggy Dean (IG: @thepigeonletters) show you how powerful it is to create something! Discover the pleasure of expressing yourself through sketching—even if you think you can’t draw.
Peggy’s got tips on the materials you’ll need, easy techniques you can use right away, and methods for approaching any subject or location. She offers step-by-step exercises to help you relax into the drawing process, and gives you ways to tackle tricky beginner problems like “what should I sketch?”
Learn how to stay with the small moments as you work, draw what you see around you, and embrace the results.
Grab your sketchbook and experience how relaxing, rewarding, and life-changing a drawing practice can be.
|7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
MINDFULNESS AND SKETCHING
I’m so excited to take you through what I have found to be a rather profound adventure in discovery, that at first glance appears simply visual, but runs so much deeper. It is powerful to create something and add your own unique spin on it, through your style, selections, energy, or all of the above.
I encourage you to make this experience your own. As you connect to your creative side, know that you do not need to know how to draw. Sketching our surroundings is even better when your efforts have an organic energy without perfect lines, proportions, or symmetry. Being free in this way will allow you to cultivate a deeper connection with all that surrounds you.
I first felt the impact of this style of sketching when I came across a piece by James Richards. I not only saw this artwork, but I felt it.
From the vibrancy of his color choices to his expressive lines to his intentional subject matter—a bustling crowd, greenery, and old architecture captured in a way only he can—I saw the unique beauty of it.
Each style you come across will have a different feel. A group of people can draw the same subject and each interpretation would be specific to the person who created it, whether on purpose or not. We can’t hide from our own unique creative interpretations on paper: It’s a beautiful thing.
BENEFITS OF DEVELOPING A SKETCHING PRACTICE
Have you ever noticed upon reflection that a cramped road trip, a long waiting period, or some other experience that might have been considered an inconvenience yielded a silver lining based on some minor or unexpected things that occurred? Sometimes the memories we have highlight the best moments during those times rather than the final result or destination. I had a paradigm shift when I adopted this mindset after noticing my own thought reflections. Suddenly, what I used to consider moments of unimportant or even annoying “in-between times” became memorable and important.
It’s about the journey. So do it for the process.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Message to My Readers ix
The Flip Side of Mindfulness 1
Sketching with the Goal of Imperfection 17
Framing a Scene 67
Capturing Moods in Sketches 81
What You Sketch Evokes Emotion 87
Your Chosen Subject 95
Techniques for Sketching People 115
Sketching Prompts 127
Redefine Completion 137