A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses

a peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses


A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses

Some weeks the kindest thing you can do for yourself and your family is the slow right down and just do the bare essentials.

That was last week for me.

With both kids home because of half term, sore throats galore, and my dad’s anniversary playing major tricks on my mind (and sleep cycles), I surrendered to the craziness that was and focused on only doing the things that desperately needed doing.

So I found it really comforting that I stayed with my daily sketch practice. Staying with it means I have overcome certain past hang ups about the importance of sketching on my life. It is a major part of my self care kit now.

February is nose month.

When I decided to teach myself to draw more realistically this year, I divided the year into features. I practise a new one each month. In January, I drew eyes. February is my nose month.

My sketchbook is filling up nicely with these funny looking things. These are my favourites so far- both made last week when I so easily could have abandoned the project.

What’s an essential part of your self care kit?


  1. You are so talented Carin, I wish I could draw. My sister is amazing at art but unfortunately while I am creative in other areas, I can’t draw to save my life!
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  2. When I see myself in a photo, or on a video, I always notice how one of my nostrils is bigger than the other. I think noses are just funny… and your sketches are great! Not at all funny (even though noses are 🙂 ). And you have inspired and encouraged me here… I sometimes get a bit depressed and discouraged when I have to strip down to bare necessities, especially when it feels like there is so much to do! On Monday, for example, I had to use the kids’ preschool time (my work time) to go to the doctor because I couldn’t get over this cold/infection/whatever I’ve been dealing with. But the simple act of taking one hour to do that has transformed my overall mood and outlook! Also, I know what you mean about keeping up with your sketches, even as you were pairing down… I’ve never thought of it that way, but it’s so true… when I find myself blogging still, in the midst of madness, it does feel like self-care. It’s truly something I love to do and I almost always feel better after I’ve sent a new post out into the world! xo
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  3. That is so god Angie. I would normally consider blogging part of my self-care kit too, but last week my thoughts were so black and confused, nobody, least of all me, would have benefited from me blogging!
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  1. […] part, self-taught. Early this year I decided to improve my drawing skills and started practising different facial features each month. I also decided to do a full portrait each month for comparison. I did really well for a few […]

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