Art journal helps you see the little things

Pictures from My Year in Small Drawings

Sometimes it's the little things that make life beautiful, and that can fuel your creativity.

A new book, My Year in Small Drawings – Notice, Draw, Appreciate by Matilda Tristram is a visual journal documenting a year of everyday objects noticed – perhaps for the first time – and drawn as a personal record.

Illustrator and animator Matilda Tristram encourages the reader to look for their own subjects to draw throughout the year, for instance bare trees in winter, telephone poles in spring or things washed up in a beach in summer.

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Some ideas come from nature, like seeds and leaves in autumn, while others – like construction sites or breakfast – are everyday scenes we might not look at properly. The book (£9.99, Leaping Hare Press) is a route to mindfulness and a way to get more creative, which has been shown to benefit health.

As a professional artist, Tristram also gives advice on how to simplify what we see to create our little drawings, the right pens and pencils to use and how to introduce colour.

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