Sketching and Drawing Music

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The first step in drawing music is to get a sheet of paper. You can use any piece of paper, but you should use one that is the right size for your instrument. If you are going to play the piano, then you should use a piece of paper that is at least 8 1/2 inches tall and 11 inches wide. It is also important that the paper be plain and not lined (unless you are playing on something like a flute or a recorder, in which case you should use a lined staff).

The next step is to decide what kind of music you want to play. Do you want to play a song? Do you want to play a march? Or do you want to experiment with rhythms? If you want to play a song or a march, then simply write the notes down on your piece of paper. If you want to experiment with rhythms, then it may help to write down the basic rhythms that will “drive” your piece of music.

If there are any special symbols that go along with your music (like a ^ or an x), then make sure they are written at the very beginning of your staff.

Next: After deciding on what kind of music and measures you will have in mind, next come the actual measures themselves

*Note: All sketches and drawings are my own. I do not claim ownership over any of the characters or art I create. This is just a simple study of basic drawing techniques.

Good news! You don’t need to be a genius to learn how to draw. The fundamentals of drawing are very simple and they are the same for everyone.

1. You need the right materials, an eraser, a pencil, paper and patience;

2. You have to start by imitating the effects of light on an object;

3. The practice is a must, you have to repeat your exercises until you get better and better;

4. You have to choose interesting objects and scenes to draw, because if you don’t like what you’re working on you won’t enjoy it and you won’t improve as fast;

5. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes; the most important thing is that you keep practicing.”*

It’s not so much that music is mathematical. It probably is, but you can’t prove it unless you already know it. The point is that the idea of mathematics is very different in music than in physics.

So whereas a physicist might say “The mass times the acceleration divided by the radius of an object traveling at 90 degrees to the force equals the force,” a musician would say “A double diapason is a fifth lower than a diapason.”


Art journals can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and an excellent way to improve artistic skills. Sometimes, there just isn’t time (or enough energy) to paint a masterpiece. With an art journal, you don’t have to worry about it! You can draw whatever you want and whenever you want to!

The best thing about art journals is that they are never “finished”. In fact, I like thinking of my art journal as more of a sketchbook than anything else. When I’m feeling down or just not in the mood to work on one of my bigger projects, I can turn to my art journal and doodle around in it until I find something that makes me happy.

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