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Jül

Today’s face: Jül, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Lolita

Today’s face: Lolita, inspired by Sktchy and the Mexican Day of The Dead.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and Greenleaf & Blueberry watercolours and edited digitally on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Kalani

Today’s face: Kalani, inspired by Sktchy and the Day of the Dead.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Sirenia

Today’s face: Sirenia, inspired by Sktchy and the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and Copic markers.


Day of the Dead

Today’s face: Day of the Dead, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Sketchbook Skool!

Once again it’s been a very long time  since I’ve posted on this blog but I hope that that is about to change for good.  There’s a reason for that and the reason is Sketchbook Skool, co-founded last year by my drawing hero Danny Gregory and Dutch artist Koosje Koene.  I’m guessing that some of you will have heard about Sketchbook Skool (SBS for short) already but for those who haven’t, its both what the name suggests – a series of (online) sketchbook klasses – but also so much more.  The klasses aren’t like traditional “how to” classes but more an insight into how different sketchbook artists work, although each klass does include “homework” (but without deadlines or grading – you just upload it if and when and you choose for critique from fellow students). But what is extra special about SBS is the online community of artists (students and teachers – some students are also teachers, many students are also practising artists but also many students are absolute beginners – it really doesn’t matter, everyone is an artist in SBS) who support and encourage each other, chat on social media and in the classroom and, when possible, even meet up in real life!

Day of the Dead beer mat

My life had become so busy these last 2 years that I had more or less stopped drawing and I was missing it but struggling to find the time  to draw.  And then when I had the time to pick up my sketchbook I almost didn’t know what to do with it.  I knew about SBS as soon as it was created because I follow Danny Gregory on social media, so I knew that lots of people were having fun in what looked like a great new online sketching playground, but I just didn’t think I had the time for it.  But early in the summer, for a whole variety of reasons that I won’t go into here, I realised that I was really missing drawing and I gave myself a serious talking to. I knew that I need something to give me a kick up the behind to get me drawing again and I thought that SBS might be just what I needed.  I just missed the start of the July semester so I began pestering the SBS office to know when the next semester would begin. It was a long summer but….

In October I started my first SBS klass, “Beginnings”.  Four weeks into the kourse (yes, all ‘c’s get replaced with ‘k’s, I don’t now why), I’ve never had so much fun drawing, sharing my drawings, learning, talking about sketching with others, etc.  I’ve also done more sketching in 4 weeks than in the past 2 years and I’ve not once had that “What do I draw today?” feeling.  I hadn’t really though of sharing any of this on this blog until I was chatting in the classroom a couple of days ago with another student (thank you Gloria Zucaro) and she asked if I had a blog she could look at.  I was embarrassed to refer her to my very neglected blog, but it’s not going to be neglected any more because I’m going to have so many Sketchbook Skool stories to tell and somewhere to put my very best sketches that aren’t just SBS homework.  For today, I’m posting some of the very quick Day of the Dead and Hallowe’en sketches I’ve been doing simply because Gloria asked to see some of them!

Pumpkin1If you’re interested in finding out more about Sketchbook Skool then you can visit their website at http://www.sketchbookskool.com

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