Episode #50: Sketching Colorful Stuff

Sketching Stuff 50_Sketching Colorful Stuff
Sketching Stuff
Sketching Stuff
Episode #50: Sketching Colorful Stuff

Hello again! It’s Charlie O’Shields, back with another episode of Sketching Stuff! This marks the 50th episode of this podcast, and that feels like a lovely milestone. Indeed, when I set out to DO things, I don’t set a specific goal that I intend to hit, but it’s always nice to celebrate those special little moments along the way. I’ve been sketching stuff now for almost 1,800 consecutive days, which feels like a bit of an achievement as well. Yet, it’s really been one of the easiest things I’ve ever done in my life because sketching and coloring with watercolor is just so much fun!

This set of stories was inspired while I was sketching very colorful things. Indeed, I adore playing with color and it’s often surprising to me what appears in my sketchbook. I don’t have a plan when I begin, but just let the colors chose themselves in the moment. This is because each day I let my inner child decide what I should make next. And that’s what’s kept me going on this journey, and why I share my inner thoughts with all of you. It can sometimes seem challenging to show up and make something each and every day, but I assure you it’s actually quite easy. And best of all, it’s really fun! Especially, when you approach it with glee, hand in hand with your own inner child, while sketching colorful stuff.


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  1. Hi Charlie! I have created digital art for quite a while. Recently, I decided it was time to improve my sketching skills, because even digital art starts as a pencil sketch! Just as I started a new shiny sketchbook, I fell and broke my elbow. Ugh. While out of commission, I found your podcast! I love it! I just ordered three of your books, and can’t wait for my arm and sketching hand to get back to normal!! I just wanted to stop and say BIG THANK YOU!!

    1. Oh my goodness! You poor dear, sending you a wish for a speedy recovery! ???????? I’m so thrilled you enjoyed my podcast and thanks so much for getting my books, Sabrina!! I hope you have fun with them!!

  2. Hi Charlie in this time of lock down, stay home, social distancing your podcasts and enthusiasm for make and creating are an island of normalcy in a world so changed I miss what once was. Thank yo, thank and keep doing what you do it helps many more than you possibly can know.

    1. What a beautiful note to receive! Thank you SO much Marianna! ???????? Yeah, it’s a very different time, but I truly feel that we can always find little things to make our heart smile and give us hope!