Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ten Reasons to Draw and More


Tuesday Tips & Tricks:

Everything Old is New Again

Did you know that until the late 1920s - early 1930s drawing was part of the regular school curriculum? While not one of the 3 Rs, it was considered an important tool for developing concepts, sharpening thought, and sharing ideas. What happened? One of the major factors was the development of photography made drawing seem like an unnecessary skill. In more recent years, computer advancements in the visual communication field made drawing appear to be unimportant even unnecessary but things are changing. Whether it’s called drawing, sketching, or doodling, today, we’re rediscovering the benefits of drawing. If you're an experienced artist looking to reboot or a newbie looking for kindred spirits, this is for you.

Why Draw?

  1. Improves eye-hand coordination
  2. Improves memory
  3. Improves communication skills
  4. Relieves stress (Have you seen all the coloring books for grown-ups that are in the stores?)
  5. Increases creativity
  6. Increases observational skills
  7. Increases attention to detail
  8. Increases positive emotions (Why do you think restaurants give crayons an paper to children?)
  9. The more you draw the better your drawing skill
  10. It's fun
And this is just a partial list!

Drawing relieves stress, preserves a memory, and conveys ideas.

Draw More

We know the benefits of drawing; it only makes sense to draw more. Want to draw more but need a nudge? It’s funny that two of the causes for drawing less are big helps to start drawing more – the computer and the internet. There’s an internet group out there made just for you and your sketching needs. FaceBook offers an almost endless list of groups that unite like-minded sketchers for encouragement, inspiration, to share information and sketches. There are drawing quests issued on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to challenge you to draw more. Post your work, add the proper # and join in the fun. 

Here’s a small sampling of groups to get you started. Don't hesitate to explore others, too. Be sure to read the groups’ guidelines and join those that are a good fit for you.

On location sketching:

Sketchbook work:


The challenges vary and crop up seasonally. Search these hashtags for ideas:
  • #inktober
  • #everydayinmay

Enjoy and share sketching online communities – Sketchbook Work, Urban Sketching, #EDM2015

Working for years as a graphic designer, I reached a point when I felt handcuffed by the computer and missed the creative boost of sketching by hand. That's when I discovered Urban Sketchers and Everyday Matters. They were the beginning. There was no turning back! I found I didn't need  an excuse to draw, I had reasons to draw. How about you, why do you draw? Do you have a favorite group?


  1. Urban Sketchers Tacoma relit my drawing-fire. I love the openness, kindness and energy of the group. The outings are well planned and give a lot of variety. It is fun to work on my sketches. (I do need to get faster. I bog down in detail.) I"m inspired by the variety of styles, subject matter and media I see used. It challenges me to be more than I am now... and that's a good thing.

  2. Thanks for your comment KaCe! That's been my experience with Urban Sketchers as well.

  3. Here's a great link for Urban Sketchers Regional Chapters http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/chapters.html


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