The final lesson in my Foundations course is all about reviewing your work and thinking about a few takeaways to focus on immediately. You can read more about it in last year’s article.
My three takeaways for this year are:
- How much I continue to get out of brushing up on the basics. There are so many different aspects to consider when creating a piece of art, that I don’t think you ever really get past the basic concepts. Constant reminders of the foundations are so helpful.
- How hard it is to stick to an online course but the discipline to keep going is always rewarded. This year I managed to stay on track until the OneWeek100People challenge and the following Sabbatical week. But as soon as I could, I got back on track. It has been tough for me to stick to doing the work, so I am pleased that I managed to reach the end. Even though some weeks it was a bit rushed, I still managed to gain some insights – ideas I wouldn’t have had if I had told myself “I’m too busy to do this!”
- How important it is to develop a habit of reviewing your work. I gave a few clues as to how I do this while reviewing 30 people’s artwork within Lesson 12. But as I was thinking about what things I look at when determining how successful a sketch is, I realised that SketchingNow Edges covers most of them. I’m looking for areas of distraction – either areas with too many lines or with too strong a contrast between shapes or colour. While accuracy is important, I believe these other aspects are more critical!
I have always had a habit of regular review and stocktake of my own work. To prove this, I want to share the last two pages of my very first sketchbook (from March 2007 – ten years ago). You can see that I wanted to summarise all the things which I had learnt in the course of filling up my first sketchbook.
My sketches have changed a lot over the years but this discipline of super constructive self-critique hasn’t. If anyone struggles with the whole inner critic thing you might what to read my thoughts here and here.
Anyway, thanks for coming along with me on this Foundations Friday series. It’s been a lot of fun.
I am now seriously gearing up to open up the enrollment for SketchingNow Edges. If you are interested make sure that you sign up for the dedicated waiting list as there will be an exclusive introductory price for anyone on the list.
I would love to hear from anyone who has been working through Foundations since January. How did you go? or How is it going?