This article was supposed to be a roundup of my posts this month, but it’s been extremely quiet here over the past few weeks. That’s because I’ve been almost completely focused on preparing and filming my next course – Sketchbook Design.
It has been taking up more time than I expected because:
- It’s brand new material which I’ve never taught before and I keep discovering new concepts and strategies which I want to include in the course! 🙂
- I’m spending a lot of time looking through my old sketchbooks to find the best examples to use. Flipping through almost all of my sketchbooks since 2007 has been a very special experience so I’m not rushing it.
- I’m filming it all on my own this time. It’s a nice challenge making sure all four cameras (yes four!) are doing what they are supposed to do. As a result I’m spreading out the filming sessions and this is making the whole process more enjoyable.
- I’ve been putting all the course material into a sketchbook – it’s a little meta to have a Sketchbook Design sketchbook! I’m really really happy with the result!
I’ve still been sketching even though I haven’t had much time (or focus) to dedicate to my sketches. But I’ve been experimenting with different layouts and enjoying using a smaller book. This time it is the Stillman and Birn Alpha Softcover 5.5″x8.5″ portrait book. I managed to find some time last week for scanning and so I’m including a few pages below.
As for articles here on the blog I have been focusing on sketchbook related themes:
There is also a Scottish castle sketch done during a zoom call: SketchChat Session: Urquhart Castle
And that’s about it for November’s articles! Wow! it really has been a quiet month hasn’t it?
Finally, here are a few pages from my current sketchbook. As mentioned above I’ve been trying out a few different things in the layout on these pages.
Although different from normal these layouts are not new. Rather they are ideas which I’ve done a long time in the past. Going through my old sketchbooks has certainly generated new stuff for me which I’m looking at exploring further in the coming months – both in my own work and also inside the classroom.
These pages contain a fair few cafe sketches. I’m working at my local cafe a number of afternoons a week. Being around people when I have a really heavy work load is so special! With so many parts of the world back in lockdown, I certainly don’t take our current freedoms for granted – no new cases for a few weeks here in NSW.
Although I was super quiet online this month, I’m really happy with the amount of sketching I actually managed to do!
How was your sketching in November? I would love to hear from you.
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