Tips & Tricks

Dos and Don’ts: Drawing in Public

Let’s be clear, no one does their best work stagnating in an office all day.

artist studio space

Lovely as my studio is, sometimes I just need to get out and get inspired.

Saying that, there is a knack to it. One thing my first forays into sketching at museums and galleries taught me is that preparation is key.

So, here’s a few handy tips to help you make the most of sketching in the great outdoors:

DO expect people to look at what you’re doing.


People are nosy by nature, so feel confident in the work you’re making and thicken up that skin a bit!

DON’T you dare take a rubber.

sketch to success

Perfectionism is the #1 killer of creativity. Whenever I take rubbers with me I give up the second something looks a bit skewif. But sometimes that ugly duckling preliminary sketch can turn into a beautiful swan if you just give it time.

DO stock up on some travel essentials.

hand illustrated dinosaur tote bag

My current favourites are quirky tote bags to carry everything you need, the Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour palette and Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens.

DON’T stick the earbuds in.

Music inspiration for art

Soak up your environment – you can sketch to empowering Beyonce ballads any day of the week at home.

DO post your activity on social media (with a handy geotag!)

drawing broadcast location

You never know where you favourite makers might be, so send out the invitation and get networking!

Let me know how you got on in the comments below


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