The Tommy Kane Rule

imageSince finishing the first semester of Sketchbook Skool I’ve been trying to stick to the Tommy Kane rule, which is never to give up on a sketch. This is something I’ve never been good at. I draw in pen, not pencil, so I don’t erase, but one of the consequences of that is that I often make truly awful mistakes – and I have been known to tear pages out of my sketchbook (often)!

That’s one reason for using a cheap sketchbook. And if I’m using a more expensive sketchbook (as I am right now – I’m using a Moleskine) then I generally just give up on the sketch and move on. But I’m in SBS to learn and the Tommy Kane rule says never give up on a sketch so I haven’t given up on a single sketch in the past few weeks since my first SBS semester finished.


I’m sharing this with you today because I just had my first real sketching disaster that I would usually have given up on but I turned it around into an OK drawing. I began with a contour drawing of my Sennheiser Momentum headphones. I still haven’t got to grips with contour drawings; the left side never matches the right and it certainly didn’t this time! Once it was clear that the contour was all wrong I wanted to give up and start again but I remembered the Tommy Kane rule and persevered and somehow managed to rescue my sketch. The shape is wrong, the left and right sides don’t match, but as a drawing it’s OK and I learned a lot. So thank you for your rule Tommy Kane!



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