A brand new kourse at Sketchbook Skool started a week and a half ago and it’s all about stretching – trying new methods, styles, materials in our sketchbooks.
The first teacher was Jonathan Twingley, an artist and illustrator from New York and his klass was brilliant. The main homework involved drawing without thinking, getting back to a playful way of making art, sort of how kids draw – without fear or over thinking.
Once we’d spent around 6 days drawing we then selected some of those drawings, cut them out and assembled them on the pages of our sketchbooks, adding more lines and colour to create a finished piece.
I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out – which was kind of the idea really – but once I got into the cutting and assembling stage I really started to enjoy myself – which was also kind of the idea!
Doing this work reminded me of some stuff I did when I last studied Art at school around the age or 17 or 18 and it was good to get back to a looser, freer way of making art. Because my sketchbook isn’t huge and I had quite a few drawings I’ve filled a couple more spreads in a similar kind of way, so I’ll probably share them at some point too.
The sketchbook I used here is a Daler Rowney watercolour sketchbook. I’m not sure of exact size but it’s bigger than A5 and slightly smaller than A4. Because of the size the whole thing wouldn’t fit on my scanner so the easiest thing to do here was photograph it. If you click on the image you can see a higher res version on Flickr.
These pages were put together using a Uniball Eye rollerball pen in black, some cartridge paper, glue, watercolour paints and a tiny bit of felt tip and ballpoint pen.