Photo-sketch Study

Hey, I got a fun idea for a new blog post from friend and fellow blogger yellowfuzzyduck at turtledesk blog.   (She’s a studio art blogger and writer.). Last month yellowfuzzyduck published two different sketches of everyday objects, the first being objects on her desk (“Desk Study”), and the second being objects around the room (“Pink Study”).  They are so fun!  – I encourage you to take a look at her posts.

Well, I have to confess that last month I started a secret project to learn to draw.  Over several days I made a series of sketches from small photos on Flickr (all under Creative Commons license.). yellowfuzzyduck’s work has inspired me to share some of mine with you.  (I was planning on keeping my sketching a secret, but when I read her posts, I thought it would be fun to share my work, too.)

Here are a couple of examples – my sketch & the Flickr photo. (Full disclosure: I started each of my sketches with a rough tracing of the original. Kudos to you true artists out there!)

“Snow,” sketch by Theresa Barker.
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Have you ever done a project that was a big stretch? When you first try something, it feels immensely difficult. Your body doesn’t do the right thing, the result turns out more awful than you expected.  It can be tempting to just give up.

But then . . . slowly, over time, and with practice, you start to get better at it. Your fingers-arm-legs-feet gradually start learning the physical motions they need to make. And your results start to look less awful.

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“Bunnies,” sketch by Theresa Barker.










I learned from this project that sketching is about seeing.  They say, just draw what you see . . . and so is writing! – About what you see, that is . . .

Have you tried something new lately?  How long will you try something before you give it up?  What have you always wanted to do but felt like you’d never be successful at?

20 thoughts on “Photo-sketch Study

  1. Your sketches are really good for a start.Loved those bunnies.I do pencil sketches very often.I like them very much.I never have seen myself giving up when i start to draw something irrespective of how awful it turns out at the end when i finish.And i believe i make some decent sketches.

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  2. Amazing, Theresa. I must say your sketches look very life-like, and there is an element of cute and adorable to both of them. That shed looks like it’s in the middle of no where but somehow your composition makes it look very inviting – sparse and quaint 🙂 I’ve applauded those who could draw and I find drawing extremely difficult. Even drawing a stick figure turns out ugly when I try to do it 😀 For me, writing the draft of my first book was something I taught was impossible. But I did that a couple of years ago after deciding to sit down, focus and write my heart out. Agree. Practice makes things easier over time. With my writing, the more I wrote, the more I see my thoughts and stories out and about – and I truly feel I have something to work with and better what’s right in front of me 🙂

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    1. Ooh! I like how you describe them, “cute and adorable” – like. Such a compliment. I really like your description of trying to write the draft of your first book, Mabel. It’s hard. I have written 3 novels (non published) and wow. The sheer number of pages and the effort needed to write a book – congratulations! Kudos for completing it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your observations with me!


      1. Yes, your sketches are really cute and adorable. They really are 🙂 Art takes effort, time, patience and a lot more, and also the right timing. Looking forward to seeing more sketches from you at some point 🙂

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  3. Wow, Theresa!! First of all, these are incredible!! I am so glad you shared your work. I can’t believe you just started drawing last month. The bunnies are adorable, and I love how you drew the shed!! Also, thank you so much for mentioning my blog! I really appreciate your kind words. Would looove to see more of your drawings!

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    1. Of course! Thank you for your very kind note! The did come out well, huh? Caveat: I started with a tracing. Just wanted to teach myself what certain forms were like before going freehand…and some of the sketches I’ve done are less successful … but I’ve learned from them! Thank you again!

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  4. First of all kudos for learning something new. I loved your sketches especially the bunnies and the left one even more. It looks a bit misshapen but yet it seems to have more character and something adorable that caught my attention. You have some serious talent – keep sketching 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I enjoy looking at them. Some have not been so successful, but I figured, I’m learning. My grandmother was an artist (my mother’s mother). She used to tell me stories of having a job in the 1930s painting scenes on lampshades in Iowa. 🙂

      1. I love landscapes. Movies with characters painting in Italy and it seems so romantic and I imagine myself as that. Only in my imagination. Keep it up. You could have the inherent talent and you just haven’t honed it. 🙂

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