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How To Draw More When You’re Struggling For Time

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

I’ve recently added some new elements to my website, including my very own fine art section, showcasing everything from canvas paintings to original pieces of art.

I’ve also updated this very blog, to give you the best content on illustration, design, freelancing, to business!

My aim is to make this blog a hub for these subjects, jam packed with great content that you revisit on a consistent basis.

To not only help you find out more about myself and my illustration work, but (more importantly of course) to learn from my own experience.

Today I’m sharing tips on how you can draw more when you’re struggling for time.

Drawing on a consistent basis results in an improved drawing skill, gives you the opportunity to try new ways of working, and lets you practice your weaknesses. However life can sometimes get in the way, and drawing falls by the wayside.

I’ve been in the exact same position on many occasions, but with these drawing tips that I’m going to share, you can make drawing a part of your daily practice, and take your drawing skill to the next level!

Invest In A Portable Sketchbook

One way I’ve been able to draw more is by purchasing a portable sketchbook – and it’s a place where I love to draw on a consistent basis.

I own many different sized sketchbooks, but my portable A6 sketchbook is perfect for when I’m out and about (much like the images that see within this blog post!).

Australia Beach Drawing


If you commute regularly or have periods where a portable sketchbook can come in useful, it’s an important tip to consider. I’ve been on many trains, buses, and planes (public transport seems to be common here), where a portable sketchbook comes is handy.

Quick drawings in your sketchbook can do wonders for your skill and daily practice.

If you draw for just 10 minutes a day, that’s 1,825 minutes of drawing time in 1 year – that’s a lot of drawing!

Schedule Time For Drawing

Life getting in the way is one of the most common reasons for not drawing.

We are all busy, so it’s crucial that you block out time everyday to draw.

Cat Ba Drawing


Whatever time you choose, dedicate time to focus on your practice. Of course this isn’t always feasible, but try and schedule time with no distractions.

The more you get into the habit of drawing, the easier it will be to practice it once, twice, or even three times a day. You might block out a time during the morning to draw, schedule a time during your lunch break, or fit it into your evening.

Schedule a time that works for you.

Make Sacrifices

In order for drawing to be a part of your life, you need to make sacrifices.

That means replacing television time for drawing time. And yes, The Walking Dead can wait! (I’m sorry Rick!)

Figure Drawing


If you’re struggling for time to draw, see what areas of your life you can replace for drawing.

Like I said, this can be in the form of swapping television time for drawing time, using your mobile less, or waking up earlier to fit drawing in. You need to make sacrifices sometimes in order to do the things you want to do, and if drawing is one of those things, then do it.

Enjoy Drawing!

I hope you have discovered a few tips to help you draw more within your daily life. Make a few sacrifices, schedule time to draw, and purchase a portable sketchbook (ideal on public transport). See what you think of my very own drawings!

Of course, it’s sometimes hard when you have commitments, and especially when life gets in the way. But whatever you do, make sure you’re having fun.

Drawing should be fun, and it should be something that you look forward to. If this is lost within your practice, be sure you focus on it again.

Drawing is fun!

I would love to know what you think of these drawings tips and what your drawing routines look like.

Add a comment below, or hit me up on my social media links below.

Or check out my new canvas painting that I recently created for a local customer, or have a look at my illustration portfolio.

Thanks guys, and keep drawing!

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