Why I only use pens when I sketch|Top three sketches


I only use pens when I sketch. The reason comes from my university’s head drawing teacher, Nolan Parson, who told us that drawing in pen forces us to make decisions. We know that every line will remain, so we better try to put it in the right places. He also said that if we want to become good at drawing we have to practice. We have to be diligent and do it everyday. Well it took me two years, but I finally started to sketch every day. And I’ve been doing it for about a month! Some drawings turn out way better than others, but it definitely is making me a better artist slowly but surely.

Here are three photos of sketches that I’m proud of this week. The peacock was just a doodle of some fabric I saw. The man is my father-in-law that turned out great (and he doesn’t think he looks good in glasses)! Third is my exploration of what the main character in my hopeful children’s book will look like. My dream of writing and illustrating a children’s book is getting closer. I am still working hard every day to sharpen my skills and develop a style. Wish me luck!

PeacockQuick Sketch of Father in LawBird Lady Sketch


Help! I’m in love with my Micron Pen.


The last few days I’ve noticed that I am just so in love with my micron pen that it’s insane. I rarely use pencil beforehand; I just go for it. Here are my daily sketches since Wednesday for those who are interested:

Car Ride August 2015

Car ride to a hiking spot

Nose/Mouth Detail_08/7/15

Profile detail

Relaxin Passenger Aug 2015

Relaxin passenger

Oh, by the way I’ve been receiving more of a following online recently and I want to say a big thank you! It feels good to reach people and the feedback is great. 🙂

There’s a new blog post every week, and if you want to see my daily sketches follow me on Instagram @rachelwrathall. Come chill out with me on Twitter too @freshraddope.