Drawing: Take it Like a Pill

January 08, 2018 2 min read 1 Comment

Anne Bagby changed my life.

It seems like a lot to say. But before filming and then editing and then watching her workshop Pattern & Form: Advanced Collage Techniques, I thought drawing was either something you had or didn’t. Even growing up with an artist Mother and Grandmother, I thought it was an innate yes or no ability.

Then I heard Anne Bagby say the following:

“I come to you not as an expert drawer but as somebody who draws better than she did last year, and I expect that I will draw better next year….I think that you aren’t going to be able to draw by taking a workshop or a class or even a DVD. You learn to draw by doing it.“

Learn to draw faces with Anne Bagby

 She goes on to explain that she taught herself to draw by drawing 15-minutes a day.

“If you take it like a pill at night, just say I’m going sit down and draw 15 minutes before I go to sleep, eventually it will become something you look forward to.”

Many of us look at learning to draw as some insurmountable task. How will you ever build the Egyptian pyramids as a single person? So why start? But if someone like Bagby started by 15-minutes a day, that means that someone like me could also greatly improve with 15-minutes a day.

We all have 15-minutes. Some 15-minute stretch of time where we can snip a small bit of scrolling time and reallocate it to drawing time.  

Anne Bagby make learning to draw seem like a thing a mere mortal could do.

Because it is.

This year, we want to help you get better at drawing, if you want to.


Learn to draw with 15-minutes of sketching a day

 Here’s how: Each week, on Monday, we’ll post a 15-minute drawing video on our blog, Youtube channel and Facebook. Each video will have a theme and 5 images based on that theme. Each image will be on screen for 3 minutes. Three times five equals fifteen. Take it like a pill, 15-minutes each day. It can be warm up for your day. Or the last thing you do before you go to sleep.

And if you particularly love one of the images and want to either draw it longer or paint it, we’ll have links to the copyright free images on our blog and Youtube.

If you’ve always wanted to improve your drawing but haven’t known where to start, start here. Fifteen minutes a day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start seeing improvement.

1 Response


March 12, 2018

I need something to make me draw everyday!

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