Saturday Six-Minute Sketch… NOT!

First, I want to apologize for being mostly absent for a few weeks. I really needed to take some time for other things, and didn’t dedicate as much time to my blog as I had been previously.

Hopefully I am back again now!

Today is Saturday, so I figured it was time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch, which my readers will probably remember are quick sketches from life, that I try to do in six minutes or less.

These six-minute sketches can be challenging, not only because of needing to sketch quickly, but also because it can be difficult to select an object simple enough for such a short sketch to possible.  I don’t always judge correctly.

Today I decided on a boot as my subject.  Specifically this boot that belongs to my daughter:

Actually this boot is not as simple as it looks, at least not to draw.
This is my daughter’s boot, classy, stylish, simple, right?

Well, I set my timer and started drawing, and quickly realized that this basic boot was not nearly as simple to draw as it first appeared.  It turns out that I encounter difficulty in drawing folds of fabric.

Here is how much I had managed to draw in the six-minute time limit.

I guess I need to practice drawing more!
While its clearly a boot, I can see where I drew the angles wrong, and the proportion is off too.

Well, I wanted to complete more than that!  I hadn’t even gotten to the shading!

So I started the timer again, and this time, while I still drew quickly, I decided I was going to bring it to something close to completion.

I ended up taking another seven minutes, for a total of 13 minutes to complete this drawing.

Those folds in the faux leather are really a challenge to draw!
This simple basic boot is much more complex than it first appears!

I am not terribly pleased with this sketch, the proportion is off, either the toe should be shorter or the leg portion larger.  The angle of the sole is off, the angle of the top of the foot portion is too flat.  The folds don’t right.

I think I will need to try to sketch this boot again, without a time restriction at all, and see if I can get closer to realism with it.

6 Responses to Saturday Six-Minute Sketch… NOT!

  1. I think for only sketching it for 13 minutes
    you did a pretty good job on the boot

  2. Hi Vicki, what an excelling idea the Saturday six minute sketch is! I think your boot looks great too. I agree though, drawing folds in fabric/material is really tough! I guess practise makes perfect though right?

    I have subscribed to your blog so that I can be kept up to date with your future Saturday six minute sketches. I may have to give it a go some time myself.

    Keep up the good work,


    • Thank you Jack! I am thinking though since often my sketches don’t end up being finished in six minutes, I should start calling them Saturday Speed-Sketches, I would time myself with a stop watch, and finish as quickly as possible, but not necessarily in six minutes! Or perhaps I’ll keep them at six minutes for saturday, and do another timed sketch at some other time of the week, and start picking simpler objects for saturdays, I’ll have to think on it again.
      Thank you for commenting and for subscribing!

  3. My art work is mostly computer based so I don’t get to sketch much anymore but I love the idea of six minute sketches. I may have to start doing that! Love the boot 😀

    • Becky, thank you, I do the sketching for practice, because its easy to get out of practice with the basics when you constantly work in other media. I usually paint, but I find my painting improves if I continuously practice my basic drawing skills.