If you haven’t already heard, I’m hosting a Live Version of my Sketchbook Design in the New Year (starting on 4th January).
We’ll be working through the lessons over 9 weeks and I’ll be hosting 6 bonus livestreams where we’ll go through the concepts together. You’ll be able to ask me questions and watch additional demos and reviews of work from the classroom.
(Note: If you have purchased the course previously you can join this Live Version of the course for free – simply go to the Sketchbook Design classroom or look out for an email from me later this week).
I’m super excited to be going through this course again as it’s always very inspirational. I get SO many ideas from the incredible work posted in the classroom. I don’t know about you, but I can always do with new ideas when it comes to designing sketchbook pages.
As part of my prep for this Live Version, I recently did a quick review of all my everyday sketchbooks from this year and marked a few pages that I found interesting. And in the process, I ended up with a summary of my sketching throughout 2022.And this is what I’m sharing with you in this article.
I decided to combine them into pairs and post them together so they appear smaller than usual. This is intentional as the focus is on the design of the elements and not the individual sketches. If you want to see the sketches in more detail just click on the image to view it larger.
This collection doesn’t necessarily contain my ‘best’ sketches from the year. It’s simply the pages that jumped out at me as ‘interesting’ as I scrolled through all my scans.
Note: In some ways starting the year with a different type of sketchbooks than I normally use, established a theme of experimentation for the rest of the year.
Note: the double-page spread on the right was done a few months later but is a good example of taking risks and experimenting with combining images.
And ah! it’s always good to include a map!
In June I went back to watercolour – both because of the 30×30 challenge (see below) and the Live Version of my Watercolour course. While doing the exercises from this course I realised that I like doing a number of smaller scenes on a double-page spread.
My 30×30 challenge of sketching Baroque buildings gave me the opportunity to do a number of spreads where I included secondary sketches. (One of the elements I explain inside Sketchbook Design.)
And even more colour swatches and tests! 🙂
In the past few months, I’ve enjoyed incorporating exercises from my Watercolour On Location course. Here are two double-page spreads made up of numerous two-colour studies.
Although it is just a quick collection that I put together, it’s been really interesting to do this review. One of the big realisations that I’ve had is that I like pages with multiple images and this explains my preference for using larger-size sketchbooks (A4 portrait Alpha hardcover is my current favourite).
And preparing this article has definitely made me even more excited to go through Sketchbook Design again! Will you be joining us?
To celebrate the Live Version I’m making three Sketchbook Design Intro Lessons available for a limited time only (until 6th Jan 2023).
These cover the following topics:
- Why keep a sketchbook? (including some teacup demos!)
- Tips for architect’s handwriting
- How to choose a sketchbook
To get these free lessons all you have to do is sign up for them here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this little review of some of my sketchbook pages from 2022. It’s been a great year for my everyday sketching – so much experimentation and fun!
How has your sketching been this year? I would love to hear in the comment section below whether you have been satisfied or not!
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