Yesterday I held two livestreams for my Sketchbook Design course and wrapped up my involvement in the current Group Run-through. The classroom remains open, and I’ll still be answering questions, but my weekly review of work and livestreams are now completed. The first runs of a new course are always special, but this time the community feeling and inspiration was off the scale.
I’ve been doing back to back Group Run-throughs since January last year and for this whole period I was providing nearly an hour of additional material each week (either in the form of bonus videos or livestream sessions) or preparing/filming Sketchbook Design. It’s been an incredible 14 months and I felt somewhat emotional last night when I hit the ‘End Broadcast’ button to finish the livestream. I’m going to miss hanging out with everyone, but it’s time for me to have a break.
Last night I did a quick demo – it’s a mirror-reversed photo from Assisi and I used this as the basis for some of my theory drawings inside the course.
During the sketch I summarised some of the core concepts in Foundations and Watercolour and I also shared how I was designing the layout at the same time. This included thinking about how far to extending my sketch (how to add the sky and what the bottom edge of the sketch should be like), how to align the edges with other elements on the page, and where to add text. It’s a simple sketch and layout but there was a fair bit of thought that went into it.
We were also discussing watercolour magic/pigment party (a big part of the Watercolour course) and why I switched to using Schmincke French Ultramarine. Hmm, I just might do some watercolour swatches, revisit this decision and write an article about it – would you be interested in that?
But to get back to Sketchbook Design… even though the Group Run-through is over, I’m still going to be exploring the concepts and ideas from the course. There were so many amazing ideas shared inside the classroom and it’s nice to have a bit of breathing space to explore some of them.
So finally – I just have to publicly thank everyone who was an active part of the Sketchbook Design classroom. No words to describe how amazing the last 7 weeks were. It’s so incredible to read that many of you are inspired and confident to sketch more! Thanks again!