Highs and lows

A few days ago I decided to sketch daily for a month, inspired by Chris Riddell, the new Children’s Laureate and his Five Point Plan.

Five Point Plan - Chris Riddell

When my friend, Louise, started sketching daily along with her family, I decided to join this interesting journey.

I’m not going to blog daily but every few days I will upload what I have done.

The first sketch, the Love-in-a-Mist, I posted a few days ago so here are the rest I have done since.

My second attempt was another flower, a little viola picked from my garden.


Pleased with my effort, I decided to tackle something more ambitious and remembered my beloved teddy bear. As old as I am, worn and scruffy, one eye missing and the stuffing falling out of his feet, this bear has been with me all my life. Overall, I’m quite pleased with it even though the proportions aren’t quite right, the head is a little too small, one leg is longer than the other and one foot larger.

teddy bear

My next sketch nearly got the better of me. This shell was a real challenge, even more so than the bear. The curves and angles were difficult and I hope it looks 3D. I sweated over this one!


Today I decided to try to take a step back. I started one sketch and was very unhappy with it. It sits abandoned in my sketch book. I found instead a small glass tea light holder. Again, it was harder than I thought and it came out wonky. I’m a bit disappointed but I’m showing it to you anyway. It’s all about the journey for me, not so much the end result. This one shows that things don’t always turn out the way you hope, even when they appear straightforward.
I won’t give up though!


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6 Responses to Highs and lows

  1. AvatarTerry Bryan says:

    I think you are doing quite well! This is the only way to learn…art teachers can point out little things, but essentially you have to practice….like learning a musical instrument…so many people say, “Oh, I can’t draw.” Have you practiced?

    • Susan NavasSusan Navas says:

      Thanks Terry, and you’re exactly right. It’s the same with any skill. One of these days I will learn to ride a bike properly too and not worry about needing stabilisers! 🙂

  2. AvatarJoy Hughes says:

    Love the progress and the analysis of your own work Sue. Attended drawing classes briefly a number of years ago but I think my talents lie in other directions.

    • Susan NavasSusan Navas says:

      It’s definitely about the process here and what I can learn along the way, whether it’s about drawing or something within myself. I can’t help relating it to writing, of course. Some days the writing flows and the words come out thick and fast. Another day I stumble along groping around wondering which direction to take with the story. On days like that, I know I don’t always write very well but I know that the important thing is to continue. It does get better again and with writing, it’s easy enough to edit what’s been written on a ‘bad’ day.

  3. Sue, this is great! I love the bear and the shell is fantastic. I’m impressed with your tea light – I really struggled with glass! I think you’re right – it’s all about the process and practice! And yes, inspiration or not, you turn up and ‘do’, same with writing, I agree. Brilliant!

    • Susan NavasSusan Navas says:

      Thanks Lou. I really look forward to seeing your family’s daily sketches too. You can really see the progress already!

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