Art is My Religion

May 27, 2010

A Sketch

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By Michele Spector

A sketch does emanate,

Through passionate gesture,

An impression of sight,

Flawless composition,

Theme, symmetry defined,

Blended light and texture,

Frozen moment captured.

A sketch is only the beginning, an open-ended jumping point to other interesting places. It’s a go-with-the-flow moment that entices the artist along, taking stock of the the world at the moment from the inside out point of view.

When I sit, my sketchpad in front of me, grasping lightly onto a pen or pencil, I try to see my object. Try this: with a piece of paper try to draw with your hand, don’t look at what you’re drawing, and don’t pick up your pen. Let it be one fluid movement. Then look down at what you have created.

I noticed that drawing is an art anyone can learn. It’s relaxing and don’t worry that you’ve never done it before. Don’t stress about being perfect or you can’t draw without a ruler–I don’t either. All you need is your eyes. No two eyes see the the same object in quite the same way.

An amazing thing happens the longer you draw. You will start to notice things around you differently and will wonder why you never did before. The world around you becomes a richer place.

Have you ever tried to draw anything? What do you experience?


  1. So wonderful and true! “No two eyes see the the same object in quite the same way.” :] I love the additional writing after your poetry as well

    Comment by laurenmichelleotheim — May 27, 2010 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  2. “An amazing thing happens the longer you draw. You will start to notice things around you differently and will wonder why you never did before. The world around you becomes a richer place.”
    I think that’s true. Also enjoyed your poetic lines. I also love to sketch. Not very good at it, but find the practice relaxing. cheers 🙂

    Comment by dustus — May 27, 2010 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

    • The funny thing about drawing, you do actually get better the longer you keep at it. And you always start again exactly where you left off. In any case, yes, it’s very relaxing. Thanks for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — May 27, 2010 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  3. i love to draw…dont do nearly as much as i used to…i might just take you up on this…sounds fun…

    Comment by brian — May 27, 2010 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  4. oh michele, I can not draw a straight, stick person or even a circle cat. I am in awe of those who can….I love the title of your blog and your words of poetry describing the “blended light and theme…..” that is why I write I try to paint with words…… glad I stopped in —thank you for your wonderful comments on my site……..bkm

    Comment by soulintention: signed .............bkm — May 27, 2010 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

  5. Like your poem. When I try to draw I am horrible, but if I am following a line by line directional sketch, I am amazed at how well it turns out!

    Comment by suzicate — May 27, 2010 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

    • What I like to do is find a photograph, maybe dancers, and draw a grid around it. Then I try and duplicate it. I have taken drawings by the masters and duplicated it. I have learned so much about perspective and foreshortening this way. Funny thing is, I’m actually better at three-dimension like sculpture. My drawings look like I sculpted them on paper. But whatever kind of drawing you do, the main thing is to enjoy yourself! Thanks for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — May 27, 2010 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

  6. I’ve always been more of a word person than pictures. I can see something and hear a word(s). Reading, writing and speaking I enjoyed but drawing and sketching not so much except when I’m listening which I’ve always had a hard time doing without interrupting or becoming otherwise distracted. Then I discovered that if I would draw what I heard while they were speaking I could stay focused. Some folks would just call it doodling but honestly I believe I’ve seen the light of the big picture in sight and sound. The pictures make sense to me and Now I can see what I hear and hear what I see.

    Comment by D.S. Lear — May 28, 2010 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

    • This is very interesting. I’ve always been more of a visual person. I love to write. I always try to visualize the picture I am trying to write before I write it. Thanks for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — May 30, 2010 @ 2:52 am | Reply

  7. i tried to lot to draw, 🙂 was miserable with real paintbrush and pencil, am practicing microsoft paintbrush these days and enjoying it to the core.

    i usually let my heart/soul control my fingers when i am at it.

    Comment by trisha — May 28, 2010 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

    • It doesn’t matter what medium you use, as long as you find one that you can do that you enjoy! A sketch is still a sketch in any one. It’s where you jump off to explore. It can even be the beginning of a piece of music, a speech, drawing, painting, computer art, whatever!

      Comment by Michele Spector — May 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

      • this is a new world right now to me and i am really relishing it 🙂

        Comment by trisha — June 1, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  8. loved it,
    any drawing starts with a dot, then a line segment, …
    beautiful poem!

    Comment by Jingle — May 28, 2010 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  9. Interesting….I used to try drawing as a kid when I was still trying to be a “jack of all trade” but I realized I wouldn’t make the impression I will like to make with my drawings so I pulled back and let others who can draw better draw and me watch and admire. I think those little decisions I took helped to shape me to what I am today.

    Comment by Emmanuel Ibok — May 31, 2010 @ 6:23 am | Reply

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    Comment by Jingle — June 4, 2010 @ 1:03 am | Reply

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    thank you for the contribution!

    Comment by Jingle — June 5, 2010 @ 1:57 pm | Reply


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    Comment by Jingle — June 6, 2010 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  13. Lovely poem!

    Comment by pancakebliss — June 8, 2010 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  14. this poem has a similarity with my poems “scribbling” and “sketches”. awesome poem you got there. like a montage of emotions laid down judiciously.

    Comment by hames1977 — June 21, 2010 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  15. you’re truly an artist, artist in many way.
    i really like your post. thanks for posting it.

    in response with your question: Have you ever tried to draw anything? What do you experience?

    yup, i tried like a million times drawing, it feels good, it stressed away pain especially when you’re in a down situation.

    Comment by bigsmyle — September 14, 2010 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for coming by and commenting. Art is solace for the soul. Whenever I do it I feel like I’ve accomplished something and I belong to the human race.

      Comment by Michele Spector — September 15, 2010 @ 3:47 am | Reply

      • you are very much welcome..keep it up ^^,

        Comment by bigsmyle — September 15, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

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