Pier Teufelsbrueck, Sketchbook, 2012
© Astrid Volquardsen
There are many people out there who have a deep desire to express themselves with a sketchbook but lack the courage to do so. In our fast moving world there doesn’t seem to be any time left for a slow continually grow of a skill. Besides the fear of failure, impatience with oneself seems to be the biggest enemy when it comes to learn sketching. You would like to learn fast and please, if possible without any setbacks. Well, it doesn’t work this way. There are times when you learn very quickly and improve fast and there will be times when your progress is very slow.
Be patience with yourself and don’t emphasise your imperfections. In the beginning sketches might look horrible, but with every line you draw you will improve and there will be a point when you can let go of your fears and start actually enjoying to explore and capture the surrounding world with your pen.