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Sketchbook Saturday Week #9 – Repetition

Don’t worry, I haven’t gotten to the point (yet) that I’m repeating prompts for Sketchbook Saturday. Instead, this week is all about getting creative with repetition.

WEEK #9 PROMPT: Repeat Yourself

This week, rather than trying to come up with a full-fledged scene, I want you to lose yourself in a doodle. But not just any random doodling, I want you to take a single shape, form, word, image, whatever, and repeat it throughout your sketch.

You can choose something as simple as repeated circles (although that might be repeating Week #1), you can repeat wavy lines into an interesting pattern, or repeat a series of rectangles stacked onto one another in a sort of doodle-y city skyline.

As you work, try to make your repetitions flow together in some sort of composition (as opposed to just plunking down some shapes onto your paper – which is perfectly okay if that’s all you feel like doing this week – we all need a break now and then, right?).

MY WEEK #9 RESULT: Repeating Biology Class 

My initial doodle shape (the big green one) reminded me of something I might see through the microscope in biology class. So, I gave Mr. Amoeba a few friends to swim with, making sure to give them varying sizes and colors to add a bit of interest to the sketch. However, I also kept the colors similar to tie things together.

sketchbook saturday, tammie painter, sketch, derwent

Once the amoebas were on the page, I couldn’t just let them float around in empty space, so I tossed in some circles as sort of a cytoplasm road for them to travel on.

sketchbook saturday, tammie painter, sketch, derwent

This sketch was done with your basic ball point pen. The amoebas were colored in with a touch of Derwent Inktense.

sketchbook saturday, tammie painter, sketch, derwent


Once you’ve sketched this week, be sure to show off your repetitive doodling. The best way to do so is to join in on the Sketchbook Saturday blogging event. Here’s how…

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 9, 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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7 thoughts on “Sketchbook Saturday Week #9 – Repetition

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Nice! Back when I was a student and had apparently bottomless reserves of free time, I used to draw repeating patterns on the first and last pages of my sketchbooks… Maybe I’ll get to revisit that this week 😀


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