I used to doodle compulsively, especially during meetings. I followed the mantra of many sketchers: the more you draw, the better you’ll be at it. And to a degree, I think that’s true. But I don’t draw just to get good. I draw because…
I love to capture the details. Its fun to get the little bits.
The shape of boats is irresistible, especially compared to land-based objects. And what the heck, if I’m going to draw the boat, it needs some context.
There’s always a chance that I’ll learn to draw people better. (That hasn’t really happened yet, but I have found that cutting their heads off makes them look better.)
I can process the image immediately. No computer, no negatives, nothing to lose, except for the notebook. In five years of sketching I’ve only had a notebook get doused with water, but not lost.
And last of all, I enjoy the abstractions I can create by selectively editing out the background.
Why do you draw? If not, when are you getting started?