On drawing, painting, and sketching art

I haven’t been drawing much lately. Most of my creative energy goes to other pursuits at the moment, and that’s fine. But scanning some things I did paint and draw but hadn’t shared yet makes my fingers itch! I think I’ll be taking up brush and pencil soon again. I’m have time off from Christmas until new years and hopefully I can spend a large part of that re-evaluating my creative projects and investing some time and love into them!

Amanda Palmer

In my Cologne post I wrote about sitting in a coffee place with my friends and writing and drawing in my travel journal. This is the drawing I made! Keeping a journal while traveling is a great way for me to decompress. I’ve tried having a special sketchbook for art and a different notebook for writing. And I’ve tried to do a full on illustrated journal. But I find that for me it works the best to have one place for all these things and no rules. My painting and drawing does not have to be connected to the things I’m writing, and that is the way I like it. I’ve also been pasting instant photos into the journal with washi tape. They make great travel mementos. Some pages have personal writings so I have to pick and choose what to scan and share online though.


I have a separate sketchbook with watercolour paper, because sometimes it’s nice to really go at it with watercolours without the paper buckling. This exploration of the female form was meant as a sketch for an idea in my head. It’s not at all the thing I imagined, but I do like it. It’s much weirder than I meant but it is grasping the dramatic dynamic I was going for. I’m not sure I’ll go back to develop this particular image in other sketches and paintings.

Sometimes I have these ideas of big paintings, that I know are beyond my current skill to make. Mostly because like all skills painting and drawing are things you need to practice and I don’t do it often enough. I’ve got art in my head that isn’t coming out of my hands. But that’s okay. What does come out has it’s own merit, if only because I enjoy making it. And doesn’t everybody who makes things sometimes feel this way? You can let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how others deal with these things.


This sea scape is in my regular sketchbook. I remember this was a page I worked on while in the train to and from work.

Looking In

And this is a drawing from when I was at Irish Discworld Con in 2015. It’s in my previous travel journal, sideways below two photos I pasted in. I don’t think I shared it before so here it is!