About This Page

About This Page:
This "Sketches" page is a micro-blog where I post all of my daily speed sketches, no matter how horrible they are! I sometimes use this online speed sketching tool: artists.pixelovely.com/

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Motion 2

This sketch is based off of a photo I took today of my cat Dinah. She was stalking a bird, and I thought it would be a good study for my "motion" focus. I meant it to be a 15-minute sketch, but it ended up taking 45 minutes...oh well!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Motion 1

One of my weaknesses is the portrayal of motion - I will often find myself doing very static work, and ending up with a stiff, boring result. So I'm going to try and turn that around by getting more comfortable with bold motion - in pose and in technique.

5 minutes each:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Back to it!

It's been a while, and things have been crazy...but I'm getting back into daily speed sketches. Here are a few from today:

top to bottom:
1 min
5 minutes
8 minutes

I really like how buffalo look - they always seem to poised and stoic.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well In

Here are a couple small sketches from the game project I'm currently working on (to be announced shortly!).

`But they were in the well,' Alice said to the Dormouse...
`Of course they were', said the Dormouse; `--well in.'

-from "Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"Not Quite Daily"

Oops! I forgot to post yesterday (although I did do a little sketch, below). The reason being: life is super, super busy right now! Thankfully in a good way (lots of work)! But this level of busy-ness probably means that this "daily" sketch blog may not be exactly "daily" for a little while! So look out for "not-quite-daily" speed sketch posts, and also posts every now and then in my main blog (nataliemaletz.com) about these other projects that are keeping me so busy!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Life, the Universe, and Everything

This is my 42nd speed sketching post!
Here are a few speedy ones, 3-5 min. each:

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Well, that was surprisingly difficult! But a good challenge. :)
30 minutes:

Thursday, February 21, 2013


screwdriver - 7 minutes
screw - 4 minutes
farmer boy - ~35 minutes?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


A few quick dragon studies, about 15 (top) and 8 minutes (bottom).

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Scissors and Squash

Drawing super random stuff is really good practice!
About 10 minutes each:


Oops! I forgot to post the sketches I did yesterday! Here they are.

Key-5 min, pineapple-10 min.

Friday, February 15, 2013

More speed!

Today I cut down on my time - these were 2 minutes each (except the guy on the bottom, which was ~15 minutes). As you can see I wasn't really able to finish anything in 2 minutes in color, but it was good practice!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


I went a little overboard today and kinda forgot about the "speed" bit of speed sketching - this took about an hour and a half, I think. But in any case, Happy Valentines Day! Here are 2 of my loves!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Forest Fire

5 minutes each for the landscapes, about 7 minutes on the face.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Swords, etc.

Each of these took about 5 minutes - the faces were a little longer, more like 7-8 minutes.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cave Troll Treasure

Approximate times: Cave-35 minutes, Troll-15 minutes, treasure chest-10 minutes.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friend & Landscapes

Approximate times (top to bottom): Molly-35 minutes, mountain pass-10 minutes, mountain path-15 minutes, swamp-20 minutes.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Times: 5 minutes (hoe) 10 minutes (first 2 chickens), 15 minutes (shed) ~25 minutes (bottom chicken)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


And now for something completely different! Color speed sketches!

Time per sketch: ~5 minutes

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Discus thrower and cat shoulder blades

Time per sketch: 30 seconds

Not much time to sketch today! But it was Havencall work keeping me from sketching, so that's ok. :)

I also decided to give my posts more interesting titles than simply the date. It can be a game - find the weird things I mention in the title in the mess of chicken scratches below! ^_^ I guess it's not a very difficult game...haha

Friday, February 1, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013

Time/sketch: 30 seconds (except for the handstand guy)

The two sketches with red bits is me doing a little exercise where I draw a scribble without anything in mind (the red bit), and then try to construct something that makes sense around it (in this case, figures).

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013

Time/sketch: ~30 seconds

Two weeks of speed sketching today! ^_^

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jan. 28, 2013

Time/sketch: 30 seconds (except for the three sketches with stars - those were about 1-3 minutes)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jan. 27, 2013

Time/sketch: 30 seconds - 1 minute

Not much time to sketch today...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Jan. 26, 2013

Time per sketch: varied (30 seconds-10 mins, about)

Today I sketched one of my kitties (Dinah). At first she was moving a lot so it was difficult, but then she settled down to nap and I got a good few sleeping poses. =^_^=

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jan. 25, 2013

Time per sketch: ~30 seconds

10th day of speed sketching. Am I a master artist yet?? No? Darn. :P

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jan. 24, 2013

Time per sketch: 30 seconds (excluding the random stuff at the bottom)
Once again, horses, big cats and athletes. Great subjects for speed sketching!

So yeah, I guess I got tired of drawing from reference at the bottom and some random stuff cropped up. :P

Oh also, 2nd from the top on the right was an adorable tiger cub scratching its head with one of its feet while standing. It was too cute. That is all.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jan. 22, 2013

Time per sketch: 2 minutes
Total time spent sketching: 22 minutes
Subject: faces

Notes: I decided to give myself a little more time than usual today to see what I could do with it. I think the 30 second sketches have probably been improving my ability to quickly analyze the subject and place pieces/features in accurate positions. Doing these longer sketches gave me a chance to see if this quick analyzing skill carries over into longer sketches as well. I think it likely does, but I definitely need a lot more practice at the quick sketches, as well as more longer ones like these...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jan. 21, 2013

Time per sketch: 30 seconds
Total time spent sketching: ~18 minutes
Subjects: faces, animals

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jan. 20, 2013

Time per sketch: 30 seconds
Total time spent sketching: 14 minutes
Subjects: faces, athletes, people, horses, big cats
Notes: Didn't focus on anatomy like I thought I might, it seemed difficult to do in 3o seconds...it's probably something better studied with 2-3 minute sketches. Today I was thinking more about types of mark-making, and using less lines where possible.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jan. 19th, 2013

Time per sketch: 30 seconds
Total time spent sketching: ~13 minutes
Subjects: faces, athletes, people
Notes: trying to think a little more about "line of action" today in the bodies, and getting the big pieces down first with the faces...kinda ignored anatomy on some of these though..maybe that should be my focus tomorrow.