Sketching Fun!

Hello all!

The fireworks have finally died down around our neighborhood and our new puppy is starting to relax again after all of the festivity, noise, and hubbub.

Well, except for yesterday afternoon when she attended her first puppy class, but that’s another story… 😉

Over the holiday weekend I took some time to do some relaxing sketching using photos from this website:
Line of Action. 

If you have never used this site, you should try it! It is full of reference photos of various subject matter—from figures to animals, hands and feet to landscape scenes, facial expressions, and more. 

And it’s FREE!!!

What’s more, it allows you to set the parameters for each sketching session. For example, if you want to train yourself to sketch quickly while being timed, you can set each photo to change after say just 30 seconds or 1 minute.

Or if you’re not worried about sketching quickly, you can set the clock to 10 minutes. 

Personally, I like to get in the line drawing in a preselected amount of time, then pause the photo countdown timer so I can take my time adding in values with whatever media I wish before moving on to the next photo.

The site allows you to choose your subject matter and parameters without a subscription, but more options are offered to members should you choose to become one.

Anyway, here are a few of the sketches I made. 

Materials used:

  • Strathmore Toned Gray sketch books (9×12 and 5.5 x 8.5)
  • Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen – black
  • Pentel brush pen – black
  • Signo Uni-ball Broad white pigment pen
  • References from




Sketching is a wonderful artist discipline that can help you improve your work no matter what kind of artist you are.


Because when you sketch what you are really doing is practicing SEEING! 

And all artists need to really SEE to create!

So get sketching if you don’t already do so. It’s great for your artistic brain!

Let me know what you do to practice seeing. I’d love to hear from you!

Till next time,

Stay creative 🙂