Last Week: Am I sketching too much?

February 18, 2019 | 5 Comments

Last week I finished sketchbook no. 113 – only 2.5 weeks after starting it!

I seem to be going through sketchbooks at a crazy rate at the moment but I honestly don’t feel as if I am sketching that much. Instead, I feel as if I have a good flow and rhythm with my sketching – I’m fitting it into my daily life but I’m nowhere near the extreme excessive pace I have when I’m travelling. And I could certainly do a little more, especially in the evenings – doing some sketching research or sketching objects from my day.

I’m happy that I’m using my book freely – using it for working sketches and taking risks. I’m using it for rough people sketches, prep for a local 2 day workshop coming up this week (not always doing finished sketches) and also testing ideas (sometimes attempting mistakes) for my next SketchingNow course. I have an extremely demanding 2 months ahead of me so it will be interesting to see if I can maintain this pace of sketching. This smaller size book is working perfectly. It’s a Stillman & BIrn 5.5 x 8.5 softcover Alpha.

Here are my pages.

I hope you had a good sketching week!

And if you need to know… I’m happy to answer questions about the turquoise pigment testing contained in these pages!?!?



  • elena wolman says:

    Looks like you use a water brush with your everyday setup– good to be reminded we don’t have go the full monty every time we sketch!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Elena. I don’t think any if these used a waterbrush – except for the value studies. Always use my dagger brush and a small water container

  • Mayela Lameda-Lyver says:

    Liz I would like to know the reasoning behind mixing both cobalt turquoise and phthalo turquoise to get a darker shade of the cobalt turquoise light or cobalt teal light. I recently added phthalo turquoise to my palette so I can get a darker version of the cobalt teal blue. I like the contrast of the two, but I would like your thoughts about your new mix.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Mayela. Basically I don’t like having pthalos in my palette as they are too strong. I was worried that cobalt turquoise wasn’t dark or intense enough. Hence mixing a little pthalo into it. But just now I’ve swapped it out and just trialing cobalt turquoise on its own.

  • John Flames says:

    “I honestly don’t feel as if I am sketching that much”

    You have the answer

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