As part of the preparation for my next SketchingNow course – Watercolour On Location – I want to go back through my Foundations course as a starting point. I always love going back to basics, as whenever I do, I find that my sketching skills are improved in unexpected ways. In particular, I find that reminding myself of core concepts, really helps to sharpen my observation, which in turn helps my fast reflex sketching.
Back in 2014 I found that the process of putting the lessons together radically improved the accuracy of my sketches and every time I have gone through the course (my Foundations Fridays series in 2016 and 2017) I have picked up new stuff. More about Foundation Fridays shortly.
And as we are coming up to the start of a new year I was thinking that working through the 12 week Foundations course would be a great way to establish a solid habit of regular sketching. But it it would be even better if I could do it with others! I absolutely LOVE the inspiration and buzz that comes from an active group going through a SketchingNow course together, so I’m offering a Run-Through of Foundations starting in the first week of January.
FOUNDATIONS RUN-THROUGH FROM 2 JAN 2019
I’m proposing to go through the course starting from 2 January – with a timetable of one lesson a week and I would love people to join me. I will be opening up new question sections for each lesson and will be actively participating in the classroom for the next three months. I’m even planning to add new prompts for each lesson to make it more interesting for people who are doing the course for a second (or third) time, or for people who are more experienced sketchers. And I will be applying the Foundations concepts to some new subjects – currently my focus is on drawing people and cars, and also telling stories about my everyday life.
My hope is that a vibrant supportive group will go through Foundations together – kick-starting everyone’s sketching for 2019.
Note: If you have enrolled in either the first run of the course in 2014 or in the self-directed course since 2015, you can be part of this automatically. Please check your inbox for an email from me with more details.
THE FOUNDATIONS COURSE
So what is included in the Foundations course? The best answer is to check out this video.
MORE ABOUT FOUNDATIONS
As mentioned earlier, in 2016 and 2017, I went through Foundations and applied the concepts to some new subject matter.
These articles give more information about what we look at in the course and I thought it would be helpful to create an index to make it easier to read them.
Lesson 1: Knowing (and loving) your Materials
Lesson 2: Feeling Edges
Lesson 3: Abstracting Shapes
Lesson 4: Constructing Volumes
Lesson 5: Measured Setup
Lesson 6: Minimal Setup
Lesson 7: Putting It All Together
Lesson 8: Balancing Line and Colour
Lesson 9: Composing the View
Lesson 10: Creating a Focus
2016: Thumbnail explorations of a busy scene in Sydney’s downtown (lots of interesting discussion as well!)
Lesson 11: Working from a Focus
Lesson 12: Reviewing your Work
Wow! I have forgotten how much I work I did for those Foundation Fridays series and how much fun I had doing it.
Anyway, that’s more than enough for today, isn’t it?
I trust that you can sense how excited I am about going through Foundations again! And I really hope that we will create an incredible community of people sketching now.
Will you be joining?
Foundations is now available as a self-directed course. Start anytime you want. Find out more here.