Like last year, I’ve just spent a little time looking at my stats to see what the most popular posts were for 2018.
And they are… (drum roll please!)
- My new everyday sketching project
- Announcement of the One week 100 People challenge for 2018
- Some favourite sketchbook pages and layout
- 12 day challenge filling a small sketchbook
- Watercolour mixing green and gold
- 2.5 months worth of paint
- Watercolour magic
- Why watercolour is so perfect for quick sketching
These are the only articles actually written in 2018 that make it into the top 50 pages visited. So what are the other pages? They are all material-based articles which I have written over the years – surprise surprise! I know that if I want to grow my blog, all I have to do is to write about materials more often!
To be honest, I sometimes get a bit discouraged by most people’s extreme obsession with materials. I totally understand that it is helpful to read reviews before purchasing but many sketchers have way more stuff than they can ever use. It’s as if buying new stuff will make our work better! I know the feeling because I have gone through that phase myself, and even at the moment when I don’t have any interest in going into art stores just to look (truly!) I still manage to collect new tools all the time.
As much as I know materials reviews are helpful to many people, I prefer to write about ideas and concepts behind my art as that fuels my creativity and desire to improve further! And my hope that my musings do help you too and that most of all you are encourage to keep sketching.
I’m therefore very happy with the selection of articles which made the top list this year as they contain two themes – everyday sketching challenges/projects and watercolour! These have indeed been my themes on the blog for 2018 so I’m glad they made the cut!
Finally, I just want to highlight some instructional articles
- It’s all in the details – my USK Porto workshop report with handout
- Tips for sketching complex scenes
- A few tips for fast sketching
But enough about what I did in 2018… what I want to know from you is:
- What are your favourite articles on this blog?
- What would you like me to write about more? (it’s ok to mention materials if you are specific about what materials you want me to talk about and/or why!)
I really look forward to your comments!