Choose a space that includes several different, but related, products. It could be a small space, like a kitchen cabinet full of dishes, or a large one, like a parking lot full of cars.

For each of the first four days this week, draw a different product from this space. Depending on your product, you may need to adjust its complexity so it fills a 30-minute sketching session. If you’re drawing simple objects, like plates or drinking glasses, you may want to stack them up, or put a few of them into a group. If you’re drawing complex objects, like cars and trucks, you may want to ignore most of the surface details and focus on the major shapes.

For the last 2 days of the week, draw one picture of the entire space. Focus on the four products you sketched earlier. If you can, walk around the space to find an interesting view. You may even want to stage your drawing by moving some of the objects into a position that tells a story. For example, if you’re drawing the top of your desk, you could arrange your products so it looks like you’re working on a writing project, or a 30-minute sketch.

Some locations and products that would work well for this prompt:

  • A workbench, or worktable, with materials and tools
  • A desktop with a computer and drawing tools
  • A living room with furniture, a TV, and a game console
  • A gym with sports and exercise equipment
  • A coffee shop with tables, chairs, and a cashier’s station


Here’s how it works

New sketch prompts will appear every Monday. Each week will have 6 sketch prompts that focus on a theme. Pick one sketch prompt and do one 20-30 minute sketch every day, 6 days a week. Then take a day off and start again with the next weeks’ post.