Over the last few years, we’ve written about sketching a few times. We discovered Sketchbook Skool in 2015 and have been practicing ever since – watercolour, lettering, quieting down the art critic in our heads and working at a creative habit.
I recently started another course called Seeing. It might be the fourth one I have started (before finishing the other three…but that’s not important!).
And the course has partially coincided with the last spring snow/ice pellet/freezing rain storm. With nearly three days mostly spent indoors – and having had my fill of Netflix – I settled in to watching the online videos for this course.
Seeing sounds kind of simple. Ha. The practice of sketching something by really looking at it – including selfies in the mirror! – is about slowing down. Looking closely. Staring at it. And I found it brought a similar feeling to the yoga I’ve been practicing for years. Be present. Slow down. Really look. Don’t assume. And breathe…
You likely won’t find us with spray paint “arting” up railcars…but we’ve learned some cool graffiti writing in our Creative Lettering course that is this week’s Friday favourite.
We are on our fourth online sketching class. And it’s definitely a new favourite. We’ve taken two through Sketchbook Skool. One with Jane LaFazio. And the latest with Sketchbook Skool teacher Koosje Koene.
It’s called Just Draw it. After three courses where we just jumped right in to sketching – with no real aptitude or skill – this class is about learning the basics.
If you have any interesting in drawing, sketching and buying cool watercolour sets, check out these online art classes!
CJR & HAR
Sketching gives me a great excuse to buy more sketchbooks, Faber Castell PITT pens and watercolour sets.
This is my new favourite Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box. Big name for a small portable pack with a removable tray, LOTS of colours, back thumb loop to hold and look like I know what I’m doing…and a watercolour refillable brush.
Thanks Maddie for the recommend:-)
Adult colouring books were hot items on this past holiday season gotta have gift list.
I have seen the computer-generated flowers and intricate designs that are supposed to be as good for you as yoga. They don’t really do it for me – kind of sterile and predictable.
But it was the one my brother got at Christmas that just might have got the meditative colouring hook in me.
Fantastic Cities is a beautifully sketched book of cities all around the world by Ontario artist Steve McDonald . I watched my brother go zen-like with his row of perfectly sharpened pencils as he filled in architectural details of rooftops in Germany and windowsills in Manhattan. He even humoured me, taking a break and letting me have a go when his fingers got tired.
At first, colouring within the lines felt like cheating or regressing from the sketching I’ve been doing over the last year or two where I actually have to draw and paint the images I create. But there I was, happily lost in the repetitive motion. As I held my nose to the page to differentiate fine details in the sketch, I realized I was also learning more about the art of sketching. The proportions, the angles and the layering.
I’ve started a sketch-a-day “challenge” for myself in 2016. And now, I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver my new set of pencils and my very own copy of Fantastic Cities.
Between colouring, sketching and weekly yoga, the mellowness may be overwhelming.