Find time to sketch: photos showing sunset and corresponding sketch

Make Sketching Fun and Reduce The Challenges

Finding time to sketch can be challenging, but with some planning and prioritization, you can make it a regular part of your routine. First thing to remember, finding time to sketch is a personal journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. 

Experiment with different approaches and discover what fits best into your lifestyle and schedule. 

Most importantly, you must make it fun and create a designated place for yourself.

First off, there's the challenge of "How to find time to sketch." Most of us can find the time, but procrastination and fear hold many people back. You will need to make the choice that it is important and you will find the time. 

Secondly, "How to make a designated place for you to work" is another common challenge. Get creative in your thinking, walk around your home and think space. Maybe you have a piece of furniture that never gets used that you could sell.  

Also, perhaps in a small corner you could add a desk, or use a space on the kitchen counter - maybe even a spot on your patio or in the garage could work. 

Both of these elements are challenges, but definitely worth finding a way to work through. 

Here is Your First Step Toward Finding Time to Sketch

Need help with how to find time to sketch? Here's your plan.

1: Download the images: click the yellow button below and you'll receive access to images.

2: Watch the free 18 minutes lesson with step-by-step instructions here on the blog below.

3: Further study: In conclusion, I've added more ideas and resources below to help you overcome obstacles you might be facing. 

And finally, I've Listed below my favorite supplies and ways to make your sketching journey more appealing and getting you inspired. 

Get the images here

Watch The Free 18 Minute Lesson Below

Here are some tips to help you find time to sketch and build a designated space:

Schedule Dedicated Time: Block out specific times in your schedule for sketching. Treat it like any other important appointment or commitment. 

In addition, establishing a routine can help make sketching a habit. Whether it's sketching every morning before work or every evening before bed, consistency is key.
Set Realistic Goals: Start with small, achievable goals. Whether it's 15 minutes a day or an hour a week, setting realistic goals makes it easier to incorporate sketching into your routine. My 18 minute demo here is a great start! 
Make It Enjoyable: Find joy in the process of sketching. Choose subjects that inspire you, experiment with different materials, and embrace the creative journey.
A Designated Space:  You probably think, I don't have anywhere to sketch. All you need is a very small place such as the kitchen counter, table or even a small desk or table by your couch or bed.

First thing to remember, It doesn't have to be a large space. Put together a nice tote that holds everything you need. It can be ready in 30 seconds! Check out my portable sketching tote below. 

The Sketching Partner - A Handy Tote

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First off, start by Putting together a tote. It will contain everything you need to quickly get sketching. This handy tote can go outside, to the kitchen table or where ever you have room to sketch. If light is an issue, I suggest taking a reading light with you! Make it fun and easy my friend! In conclusion, this is how to find time to sketch!! 

Start Building Your Tote Today!

A great Tote: Get it here! Lots of great pockets and storage.

The Handy clamp on light. Get it here! This light is rechargeable, no batteries needed!! 

Favorite Supplies

Here is a list of my favorite supplies and where you can find them. These are affiliate links, which mean I will receive a small commission. Thank YOU for your support! NOTE: When purchasing Markers, I suggest you make sure you are getting the brush tip!

My Favorite Supplies and Tools

Your Tote Essentials


Blick Studio Markers, Gray Scale set of 6. GET them Here! This set does not contain a black, so I would purchase it separately, or use one you already have. 

Black Marker. GET it here!

OR Copic Sketch Marker Set - Sketching Grays, Set of 6. Get Them Here!

Sketch Books: There are a variety of Sketchbooks to choose from. I've listed two here. One for pencil and markers and one mixed media in case you want to add some type of wet medium.

Strathmore Sketch Pad. GET it here! For Pencil and markers.

Strathmore MixMedia pad. GET it here!

Micron Fine Point Pens, set of 3. Get it here! This set has 3 different sizes.

Westcott Proportional Scale. Get it here! I suggest the 8.25 inch size, easy to read and doesn't get lost in the studio!! Watch the video below in the "More resources section" explaining how to use this very helpful tool. It's a must in my opinion!! 

Do You Have Space? Here is My Drawing Table

If you have space to add a piece of furniture, this is one of my favorite places to go create. This table is very functional and very reasonably priced. 

Making your space inviting helps stimulate your creativity. If no space is available, look over my sketching tote above. There is really no reason not to sketch, JUST DO IT!! MOVE! This is the answer to How To Find Time To Sketch!!

Linda Glover Gooch Sunset Freebie Image

Some Great Creative Resources for You!

Here's a video for you to learn how to use the Westcott Proportional scale. This video is pulled out of one of my online courses from Masterfulpainting.com If you'd like to know more about my online courses you can check them out here: Online Courses with Linda Glover Gooch. 


Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

    4 replies to "How To Find Time To Sketch"

    • Patricia Coogan

      Thanks so much for your blog and videos! I’m just a beginner and appreciate the instruction and encouragement. Very inspiring.

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Hi Patricia!
        That’s so great to hear, I’m glad you’re finding my blog helpful and inspiring! Good News to me!! 🙂 Also, remember to visit the Art Locker on this site, you might find some very helpful outlines there as well. https://lindaglovergooch.com/art-locker/ Okay… enjoy the journey, stay practicing and have fun!!

    • Susan Hunter Guise

      Great lesson, thank you Linda! I will tag you in my painting post.

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Great!! Thank You Susan for your kind words and your participation. I look forward to seeing your piece!

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