Sketchbook Saturday Week #5 – The View

After last week’s break from sketching, it’s time to get your pencils sharpened and get drawing again!

WEEK #5 PROMPT: The View

No, no, don’t worry, I don’t want you to draw a group of bickering, daytime talk show women. Instead, I want you to take a look around you and draw what you see…or maybe what you would like to see.

I realize “View” is a bit vague, but I’m hoping that will stir the juices in your creative pot. Still, it would be mean of me to just leave you hanging without giving you a few more hints for your sketches this week.

cat binoculars

View can be just that: The view you see from your window. Don’t like what you see from your window? Then tweak what is truly out there and change a few items to make it into to something you’d rather see. Or you could pick your favorite view from childhood (what did it look like when you were playing on a swing?). Perhaps a view stuck in your head from vacation or other life event. If you want to get more metaphysical, why not try to draw the view that floats in your mind while you meditate or an image from a vivid dream?

If you find you enjoy drawing real life views, you may want to look into urban sketching – an art form I desperately wish I was better at. A great place to start is

MY WEEK #5 RESULT – One Fish, Two Fish

This week we had unseasonably warm temperatures in Portland, which meant I was able to do a few work tasks outside sitting on my deck. Of course, working outside for me often turns into staring at the garden. Because it’s situated just in front of the deck, the first thing I often see is my husband’s “koi” pond (they’re really just goldfish we got from the pet store at eight fish for one dollar).

The real pond

The real pond

In spring the pond is filled with water lilies, but at this time of year the pond isn’t that lovely. Adding to the not-so-pretty pond waters, we have to cover it most of the time with a heavy mesh frame to keep the raccoons out (as you can see from the reinforcements, the mesh failed not long ago and the local raccoon nabbed one of the fish for a sushi dinner). Still, the sight didn’t stop me from sketching the view I would WANT to see year round.

The dream view of the pond.

The dream view of the pond.

This was done using those inexpensive Crayola markers kids use for school projects. I drew it in a different sketchbook so I cut it out and pasted it into my in-progress sketchbook to keep all my Sketchbook Saturday pieces together.



Time for you to get out your sketch books and transfer your favorite view onto paper.  As always, I’d love to see what you come up with so be sure to share (see how in the details below).

How Do I Participate?

The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).

You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).

Participating By Blog

  1. Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it to describe how you came up with your sketch).
  2. Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
  3. Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.

Participating By Facebook

  1. Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
  2. Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used (Week 5, in this case).
  3. Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
  4. Share the Sketchbook Saturday post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).

What If I Don’t Draw?

Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.

If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.

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