When I first left art school I made the mistake of thinking I had to work hard at being an illustrator, just get my head down and work. I thought it would be frivolous to draw from life or take days out to play at sketching and exploring. I quickly became miserable, I found it hard to generate new ideas, and my work didn’t excite me any more. It took me a while to realise why, I had forgotten the pleasure and importance of play.

That is one of the reasons I started the #walktosee hashtag. It is for sketchbook drawings done from life on our daily walks and it is building in to a wonderful supportive community of people who love to draw from life, a mix of old pros and newbies. It is helping to motivate and inspire us all to get out and draw from life. Thank you for posting all of your amazing sketchbook drawings, there are over five thousand contribution so far. Anyone can join in, just post your drawings on Instagram using the hashtag #walktosee. I post a selection of the contributions on my Instagram Stories each weekend.

My #walktosee sketchbookzine, which is full of my drawings, is back in my shop, and if you sign up to my newsletter you will get some free downloadable goodies for illustrators, including my Top Tips on drawing from life.

©walktosee Feb 2018