There's newness in our sale section! Up to 50% off.
Shop here. Plus! Free ground shipping on all domestic orders $75+. Boom.
Close
Hone Your Craft

How to Start a Daily Drawing Habit, Like, Today

Hone Your Craft BY genevieve ang 10/11/2016

Illustrator-ceramicist Molly Anne Bishop is the type of friend who draws on the back of receipts at restaurants, on napkins at bars, and most definitely in the sand with a stick. So we asked her to loop us in on how she got in the habit of putting pen to paper, every single day. Plus, another pro-tip: “The best thing about drawing is that it’s free!”

 

GET THE RIGHT PENS

“I’m kind of picky about my tools—but in reality, none of this matters, and you can draw with anything. That said, I love the Sakura Micron 30281, which is a great pen but can dull quickly. My favorite tip fineness is 02, but it’s also nice to have a thick, juicy 08 for filling in areas. And the Pilot G-Tec C4 is a game-changer! It’s nice and thin, with an even ink flow that dries quickly. For colored pencils, I love the Prismacolor ones. My friend Emily gifted me a big set for my birthday, and they are so fun to use.”

 

...AND THE RIGHT PAPER

 

“My favorite sketchbook is the Hand Book Journal Co. Travelogue series. The landscape one is the perfect size. The pages are thick enough not to bleed through, the paper is smooth but not slick, and the pages are a creamy—dreamy!—vanilla. I’ve been using these for years, and if they ever discontinue them, I’ll be very sad.”

 

Mollyannebishopplatter product 2
Nudes And Leaves Platter
30 OF A KIND . SOLD OUT
BUY NOW

 

PAIR IT WITH SOMETHING ELSE YOU DO DAILY

 

“Draw every day. Spend your mornings with your coffee and a pen and a sketchbook, or wind down in the evening with a glass of wine and your favorite pencil. Make it a part of a routine you enjoy, and just do it. I finally got good at drawing when I stopped worrying about making it perfect and just went with it and enjoyed the process. It’s probably a good philosophy for all things in life.”

 

DON'T OVERTHINK IT

 

“You should draw whatever interests you. If you’re crazy about dogs, draw those! You probably see them in a special light that will translate earnestly into your work. I personally like to sketch from books, photos that I’ve taken, or from real life. I went through a phase where I loved to draw people playing sports, so I collected football and basketball books. I was recently waiting for a plane at an airport, and there were so many cool people to draw!”

 

ALWAYS BE PREPARED

 

“Don’t feel embarrassed about doing it in public. I used to think people were staring at me, but honestly, everyone is too obsessed with their phones to care about what you’re doing. Just having a sketchbook and pen on you can make things a lot easier—if I’m traveling, I bring my sketchbook everywhere, without fail. I like to travel alone, and I’m never lonely with my sketchbook. I am currently traveling around Sicily solo, and my sketchbook is quickly filling up.”

DISCOVER SOME OF A KIND AWESOMENESS

SEE ALL

Want to shop these
very major deals?


You gotta be an Of a Kind newsletter subscriber for access. Enter your email, and if you’re not already signed up, we’ll add you to our list. You'll like it—promise!


Black slash