• Hello! My name is Emaan Imtiaz. I’m 19 years old and live in a small town in Pakistan. I am also currently studying biotechnology and want to pursue a career in teaching. I remember being quite terrible at both

    • Emaan Imtiaz Your work is wonderful. I always said I can’t draw til a seasoned artist and crafter encouraged me. Even I like my work now! Just keep doing it, you are already way ahead of me! Your mom is right.

    • Your work is wonderful! Art is a journey and you are well on the way; there’s nothing lacking in your work at all, it’s beautiful!!

    • I love your style, and that the paintings don’t appear heavy. There is lightness about them. I love everything I see here, and that is not always the case.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Emaan! First of all, your paintings are lovely. And you are absolutely right about the joy AND stress we can experience in our watercolor journeys. Especially when we are trying to learn a new technique or aspect, right? Keep at the painting — as much as you can in between studies — and keep sharing your beautiful work.

    • Emaan – you are deserving. Keep believing in yourself.

    • Emaan your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Awesome work! Hope to see more!

    • I think your work is pretty amazing and you are only 19. I like your style all ready. Nice and light and clean. I a sure you may discover new styles with more practice and daring to try new things even though they won’t turn out perfect. Its learning what you can make work and what doesn’t. Practice practice practice will make it happen. You are off to a great start. I think your mother may have recognized this talent in you when you didn’t. Mothers are like that. You are lucky.

  • For our prompt of “Trains” today, I opted for one of a vintage variety. I’ve no deep knowledge of trains and how they function, but did have many toy trains as a kid. This is likely why every time I sketch a

    • YOU did GOOOOOD Charlie! Love this!!!! 🙂

    • I do try to comment on everything, both here and in a few other places. It does take a lot of time, so most of the time they are one-word replies, but I try to make it more of a conversation with a few of the comments each day.

    • Hey Charlie, great train and I love that you encourage us to tell the stories about our art and share them with one another. This has become an important part of my day. Thanks for all that you DO!

    • Ohhhhhhhhhhhh sweeeeeeeeet!! I love trains and yours is fabuloussss. When I was a kiddo they used to come through our lil town and I would hear them at night and it just made me feel so good inside. Not sure why but just that it does is what matters 🙂 I get what your saying. It is good to be supported for what we do in the world we all need this 🙂 To be accepted for who we are:) I am happy you decided to do sketchbook revival as this is how I got here and I love the community that is growing and likewise how others tell their stories too. Writing was always my first love. thanks for creating this most excellent place for us to hang out. I am taking my art in new directions for the benefit of my writing. My time is coming for those books. This community encourages that. so thanks for that too. 🙂 <3

    • You’ve managed to take show and tell to the next level! All the likes and comments mean a lot to me. I thought I didn’t need any of this stuff when I retired, but I was wrong. I like the feedback and just knowing my paints and poems have an audience makes me happy!

    • Charlie you worry way too much. I love your stories and your art is perfect, I can’t and don’t want to do left-brain stuff as it gets in the way of my right-brain creativity. I finally had to stop sketching it first because that means left brain rigid. Now I just get out the brush and do what I want. When I am not too busy procrastinating. Like now.

    • I honestly don’t know how you manage to DO all that you already DO! Relax and enjoy.

    • Wonderful train, Charlie. I grew up hearing trains going through town and love the sound and it was something I missed for the 20 years we lived out in the country. Where we live now I can hear the trains as they head to the Tropicana plant across the river. Still love waking up to the sound of them making their way across town. I think it’s the connection to my childhood that I love most about that sound.

    • Love your train !

      Charlie I am doing things in and outside your book.
      And I remember you had once a log about how you made that circles (and not strokes) in the color wheel.
      I cannot find it back ! *cries* do you remember from what date that blog was?

      It is about the technic you used to make your circles and why in that way.

      Please help….

      and I love your book, I do it step for step for step, because also busy with other things.

    • It’s a wonderful train! All those details! Oh my! Some day, maybe, you could share with us one of your doodles before you add color. Then the after. I am always amazed, in ahhh of the little doodles you use to complete your painting.

  • That’s fantastic advice, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, I think it’s really the only advice artists need. The rest all sorts itself out in the end.

  • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Super odd perspective here! lol Wonder is the best trait we can ever possess! It’s so fun! But yeah, some of my sketches get a bit rushed as I rush off to explore so new idea, thought, or other mystery! All fun though! 😉

  • Hehe!! Thinking young is BEING young in my book! 😃💕 And looking young I think… although some mornings that bit is a bit debatable. 😊

  • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 yeah, think content by curious is probably one of the best kept secrets in life!

  • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕hehe… I can imagine they would adore snow in Australia… I love it as well!

  • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay to daily curiosity! It’s truly what makes art so FUN! And thank you for taking me on your vacation with you! I adored that!! Yeah, Philippe and I have still yet to plan one… ugh… hehe… though I still have hope it will happen before the family travel starts!

  • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕haha! You and me both…. I think sports and fashion are lovely, but art supplies??? So much more fun!!

  • For our prompt of “Grass” today, I ended up on a patch of grass with a curious kangaroo staring back at me. Well, not in reality, but that’s what appeared on my sketchbook page, at least. Actually, at our local

    • I love the expression on your kangaroo’s face! I’m the epitome of curious – when it comes to art supplies anyway. I want to try them all and find out what makes them different from all the other art supplies. Not so curious about sports scores or the latest in fashion, lol.

    • What a cute and curious kangaroo Charlie! Being curious is what makes art come alive. Your stories and prompts inspire us to keep being curious. I think that it adds to our artist toolkit which I hope adds to my other daily art. By the way, it’s nice to be home and I’m glad that I could share a bit of my vacation. I look forward to when you can do the same! Meanwhile I look forward to each of your daily stories.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay to daily curiosity! It’s truly what makes art so FUN! And thank you for taking me on your vacation with you! I adored that!! Yeah, Philippe and I have still yet to plan one… ugh… hehe… though I still have hope it will happen before the family travel starts!

    • He’s a great kangaroo. There was a recent news story about snow in Australia and the roos were having a blast!

    • I agree. Being content but curious is a great way to live.

    • Being curios keeps us young…or at least thinking we’re young. 🙂

    • Oh my gosh! He made me giggle. I like that…always stay curious. The nature class I took this summer had a prompt of “wonder”. I never realized how much I wondered about things. It really brought it to the surface and I actually followed through and researched a few things.

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Super odd perspective here! lol Wonder is the best trait we can ever possess! It’s so fun! But yeah, some of my sketches get a bit rushed as I rush off to explore so new idea, thought, or other mystery! All fun though! 😉

    • “Stay curious – try stuff” is advice I give my fiber arts students.

  • Thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕And oh my goodness, that’s a fabulous story! Well, a not so fabulous ending for the Betta fish to be sure, but a beautiful tribute to youthful persistence at least!

  • Thanks so much, Myriam! 😃💕hehe… yeah, it’s probably good I don’t have a fish and a fish carrier or I’d take him everywhere! Especially if he was in fabulous fish drag! lol

  • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I think he sort of knows he’s fabulous! lol

  • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay! I’m so thrilled you still enjoy my stories and show up to read them. I know daily is sort of overwhelming… hehe… but I really, really appreciate the support!

  • Wow, thank SO much for the wonderful comment, Michael! 😃💕 It’s SO affirming to hear! Yeah, I’m one of those guys who still just blogs what he really thinks and feels and doesn’t well… show up in my best drag! lol That said, we DO live in a world that favors success for those who play by the rules and the game, so I always try to point that out.…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕As long as you have time for sketching, we all know that matters mostest! hehe And, I adore your comments… thank you so much my friend!! ❤️

  • Thanks so much, Winna! 😃💕 Glad you liked this!

  • Thanks so much, Alicja! 😃💕

  • You should totally add one of these fish to your Christmas list, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay! hehe… and buffalos under a super-collider is super geeky awesome!! lol Love it!!

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