Sitting in my colleague Diane's art class today while students were critiquing each other's work. 

Pentel brush pen in Stillman & Birn sketchbook.


My time and resources are always limited for drawing. So many things are on the front burner: a full-time teaching job, grading papers, sitting down with my daughter with her Kindergarten homework (the kid gets more assignments than I give my high school Freshmen), dinner, dishes, bath, bedtime, grading papers, lesson plans, laundry, cleaning and, on good days, ironing. Unless I take a few minutes to sketch, I easily find myself in the best position to make a convenient excuse not to. So tonight, while my daughter was coloring her homework elephant, I quickly sketched her backpack with my Pilot pen on the back of a photocopy.

For more about drawing when your time and resources are limited and how not to lose track of the things you love doing, there is Sketch! (get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iBooks)


I had a five-minute window in class today, so I drew what was lying on my notebook in front of me. I used a China marker, which apparently can write on photo paper. Added watercolor later, though I don't think it was a good idea.


I spent yesterday afternoon with the Sketchbook Skool community in Washington Square Park, sketching. The weather was gorgeous, the people were chatty, and I found an amazing parking spot. I met Danny Gregory and would not have been more star struck had I met Keith Richards himself.
Pigma Micron 05 in Stillman & Birn sketchbook.


Not enough hours in the day, not enough energy, I've sketched this already, my sketchbook is on the other side of the room -- I have countless excuses for not sketching even a tiny bit. But then I go back to the question that inevitably haunts me: why turn away from something I love doing? 
Oh, right, the old fear of screwing up, of not producing something worthy of showing. Try to *eff* producing and just make. And look, I have just messed up the proportions of the same living room I have sketched dozens of times. The ceiling is not like that. It doesn't matter. Tonight I got my fountain pen to make contact with my sketchbook and something happened: I learned.

Why we draw and why we don't is one of the topics I deal with in Sketch!


Before I opened my big mouth during today's faculty meeting, I sketched for 10 minutes or so.  Improvising your support and drawing when time is (very) limited are two topics that I tackle in my book Sketch
In this case: the back of a photocopy we got.  
I love the dark that the Mont Blanc ink can achieve.  


Boxer on a bubble mailer, about to be shipped to my former student Alison. Because drawing on an unintended support is often a lot less anxiety-inducing than a blank page.

Sharpie and gel pen.


I have recently been handed down a 1987 Mont Blanc 149 and it is disturbingly smooth. I have always loved fountain pens, but this is the Porsche of them all. 

For more on what tools to use when you feel that urge to draw, check out my book!