120126 Five years of sketching

January 26, 2012 | 7 Comments

To celebrate my 5th year anniversary of keeping sketchbooks I decided to do a sort and label all of them. Over the last 2 years I have had to stack these books in more efficient ways…but I am afraid I will have to find a new shelf soon…

(three books here are ongoing – the current one No. 46, my Zoo book and my colour book.)

There are about 8 different sketchbooks in there(and most covered with different paper) but when stacked end on they look lovely and uniform!!!!

070127 First Ever Moleskine Page
this is where it all began 5 years ago…. little doodles with notes every where…(what my travel sketches used to be)

There is no doubt that practice and hard work (loving every moment and especially enjoying the process as much as the end results) does lead to development of skills.

Thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement – certainly going online (which I did 16 months after starting) made a huge impact!


  • Kallie - January 26, 2012 reply

    You inspire me so much!!! I love your sketching! I've started sketching after finding your blog! I'm a big fan! It's very impressive to see all these books... I hope there will be a lot more in the future...

  • Liz Steel - January 26, 2012 reply

    thanks Kallie!!! I hope that you get as much fun out of sketching as I do!!!

  • Shari Blaukopf - January 28, 2012 reply

    Liz, five years is such an accomplishment. I was happy when I got to 100 days. You continue to be an inspiration to me.

  • Laura - January 29, 2012 reply

    Five years is very impressive! I just received your "From My Sketchbooks 2010" from Blurb and it is just wonderful! I am so happy to have found you online and to be able to add your book to my collection! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  • Adrianne in Portland - January 30, 2012 reply

    Wow - what an accomplishment! Congratulations!

  • Maureen - February 2, 2012 reply

    Oh, I feel like such a slacker! I've been sketching almost as long, and I am on my 4th book!

    I better go and get my keester in gear! :D

  • Olia - October 28, 2013 reply

    Now that's called dedication! These are amazing. I wish I was determined enough to write as much as you sketch.

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