I do struggle to work in my sketchbook regularly. I think this is because I can't capture what I see and my drawings don't look like I expect them to.
There was a link on our OCA Facebook page to a series of drawing lessons on the Derwent website and I had a look at these. I have found them really useful. I have done two of the exercises on the Derwent website and I think it has improved my drawings. Shoo Rayner - who teaches drawing and writes and illustrates children's books - is a great teacher. He makes it really simple and explains things in a very easy to understand way.
The first exercise was Shading 3D Objects and I produced this sketch following his instruction.
I then used these ideas to create this poppy seed head
and my tack (from a photograph)
The second exercise was Understanding Perspective for which I did this sketch
and then used the same method to sketch this stapler.
I have also done a series of drawings using a fineline black pen to do the initial drawing and then I added colour using block paints watered right down. I really like this way of drawing and think it will work well to get down on paper the things that inspire me. I also like creating the colour blocks which creates an instant colour scheme to work from.