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Strive for authenticity, making marks
you can only make.
There’s no one way to sketch. The random splashes
of color that make Tia Boon Sim’s sketches so
“hers” wouldn’t work if drawn by Steven Reddy,
or vice versa. Reddy’s own voice comes across
through swoopy lines and saturated colors.
Each artist’s work speaks in its own way while
meeting the standards of the keys I go over in this
handbook: composition, depth, scale, contrast, line,
and creativity.
Ä TIA BOON SIM
Marina Bay Sands
10” x 10” | 25.4 x 25.4 cm;
Hero fountain pen model M86, ink
and watercolor on Daler Rowney
Aquafine paper; 1 hour.
 STEVEN REDDY
St. Spiridon Cathedral,
Seattle
8.3” x 11.7” | 21 x 29.7 cm;
Uni-Ball ink pen, India ink and
watercolor on Canson All-Media
9” x 12” | 23 x 30.5 cm spiral-
bound sketchbook; 2 hours on site
and 90 minutes in the studio for
coloring.
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Ä TIA BOON SIM
Marina Bay Sands
10” x 10” | 25.4 x 25.4 cm;
Hero fountain pen model M86, ink
and watercolor on Daler Rowney
Aquafine paper; 1 hour.
 STEVEN REDDY
St. Spiridon Cathedral,
Seattle
8.3” x 11.7” | 21 x 29.7 cm;
Uni-Ball ink pen, India ink and
watercolor on Canson All-Media
9” x 12” | 23 x 30.5 cm spiral-
bound sketchbook; 2 hours on site
and 90 minutes in the studio for
coloring.
Key VI: Creativity
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Developing your own drawing style takes time. Be patient.
You risk not finding it if you give up too soon. For every ten
sketches I make, I’m often satisfied with only one, but that’s
what keeps me going. Remember what Goya said at an
old age: “I’m still learning.”
Useful habits
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