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welcome to the sketching forum

This is a friendly, informal gathering of people who like to sketch. It was started in 2005 after existing for a few years at a different address. There is a wealth of valuable information here, and anyone can read the messages, but only registered members can post messages.

To register, send your preferred user name and password (6 characters or more) to russellstutler(at) (and type something in the subject header -- don't leave it blank) and I will complete the registration process for you. You will receive a notification when the registration is completed. We're doing it this way because of the flood of bogus registrations generated by computers.

I am not always able to respond to registration requests right away, but will try to take care of it within a week. Apologies to those who are in a hurry!

(This same announcement is at the top of each of the three sections and on the home page, so once you've read it, you don't have to read it again elsewhere.)

Russ Stutler, Custodian

sketchers on the web
images Adele Earnshaw
Aditya Arvind
Aditya Arvind
Aleada Siragusa web site
Aleada Siragusa blog
Andrea Joseph
Angela Weddle
Anthony Sell
Artsy Kira
Asnee Tasnaruangrong
Bill Sharp
Bonecos de Bolso
C. C. Kessler
Christina Jonsson
Cindy Woods
Cuentos de Bolsillo
Daily Art
Dan Davis
Dan Sumption
Daniel Potvin
Danny Gregory
Dave Terry
David Rankin
Desenhador do Quotidiano
Dmitry Samarov
Drawing Viterbo
Don West
Douglas Cootey
Drawing Viterbo
Elizabeth Perry
Enrique Flores
El Perro Verde
France Belleville
Francois Matton
Fred Lynch
G. Swarna Prabhu
Gabi Campanario
Ganapathy Subramaniam
Gareth Price
Goozy Dumps
George Pratt
Groseil and Fruits
Heidi Younger
Henry Chiu
Holt Phillip
Ink Tracks
Ira Robbins
Ivo Kircheis
Jamie Williams Grossman
Jana Bouc
Jason Das
Jim Kearman
Jody Brown
John Tollett
Jonathan "Blade" Manning
Julie Oakley
Julia N.
Justin Kunz
Karen Winters
Katherine Tyrrell
Kathleen Pequignot
Kazuhiko Hino
Kirbys Art
Larry D. Marshall
Leslie Fehling
Lynne Chapman
Marialena Sarris
Matt Busch
Mathew Mathew
Matthew Mattingly
Melanie Reim
Michael Anderson
Michael English
Mike Miller
N. Kobayashi
Nela Dunato
Parviz F. Rad
Paul Antonson
Paula J. Becker
Peter Burrell
Peter Cusack
Pete Scully
Rene Enriquez
Richard Bell
Richard Fox
Rob Carey
Robert Foddering
Robin Joseph
Roxana Soare
Russ Stutler
Salvador Castio
Scott Wilson
Sharon B
Stephen Gardner
Susan Iannucci
Susan Lesburg
Stephane Kardos
Sue Pownall
Terry Banderas
Teri Casper
Tina Koyama
Tommy Kane
Tricia Harvey
Vivien Blackburn
Wendy Macnaughton
Wes Modes
Xavier Boutin

links and articles
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Urban Sketchers
Every Day Matters
Sketching in Nature
Russ Stutler's Book About Sketching


For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous 'jeu d'espirit,' and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done.
Robert Motherwell

Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.
Edgar Degas

I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen.
Frederick Franck

Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know he holds a great treasure.

Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good.
Cennino Cennini

Sketching can be a vital part of your life. It is a motivation for traveling, a means of documenting ideas of every sort, a tool for developing paintings and illustrations, and a very personal way to share with others.
Thomas Kinkade

Pictures that have had months of labor expended on them may be more incomplete than a sketch.
Robert Henri

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world.
Frederick Franck

I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as a drawing.
Vincent Van Gogh

Draw, Antonio, draw - draw and don't waste time!

I say and insist that drawing in company is much better than alone.
Leonardo Da Vinci

Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.
Arshile Gorky

We should talk less and draw more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From around the age of six, I have had a passion for drawing the shapes of objects.

From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention.

At seventy-three, I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees.

So, by the time I am 80, I will have made much progress, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature.

By one hundred, I will decidedly have attained a higher state, indefinable, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own.

May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.

Hokusai (who lived to be 90)

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