Sketches and other Minor Works



Words and images by Ian Macbeth

When you look at a painting by a master like say, JMW Turner, it can be an overwhelming experience as it seems like he was so good, you feel that you could never achieve his level of greatness. So on the one hand we enjoy it for what it is, but on the other, if we aspire to become an artist or a better artist, it can leave us deflated.

However if we look at Turner’s sketchbooks we get a different feeling. Because there in these quick sketches and studies for larger works we see a rawness and an incompleteness that we know we can achieve. So if you feel like you want to get started in drawing, or improve your confidence if you are struggling, why not start by emulating a great artist and get sketching?

Here are a series of images which I drew, often as a copy of a work by a master, just as practice for it’s own sake or to make a version of an image I particularly like. Others are preparatory sketches for larger works which may or may not ever be finished.

I am sure that you would not be intimidated by these works and instead say to yourself something like “I could do that”. If that’s the case, why don’t you give it a try!

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