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The biggest disservice that we can do to ourselves when we follow this creative path is not show up at the page. Showing up means "I'll make a mark on this page, come what may. Will it suck? Perhaps. But I cannot NOT do it."
I have struggled these past couple of days finding the drive to draw, even as I grabbed my iPad. I have felt sluggish -- no, not uninspired, just... ponderous I guess. As if the fall was already starting to impose its rules: you will be inside, static, cold, and question all the reasons why you do what you do. So I am going to blame my usual seasonal depression on the weather and fight it, as I usually do, with an attempt to draw. Tonight, maybe.
A couple of days ago, I did a live Sketchy session on Facebook. I had my camera perched on a gooseneck, clamped onto my drawing board, and I drew for 45 minutes. I couldn't imagine it would be so much fun to interact with people who were asking questions in real time. Here is the picture of the set up, and the results, as well as the link to the Facebook post where you can see the replay (should you have that much time to kill).
Exciting news: I’m one of the teachers in Stretching, an upcoming Sketchbook Skool klass! Yes, that’s “klass,” with a k, because Sketchbook Skool is no ordinary online art skool. Sketchbook Skool’s mission is “art for all”—they believe everyone is, and can be, creative. All people need are teachers to show them how fun it can be to develop a creative habit. That’s where I come in!
Starting August 5, Sketchbook Skool’s Stretching klass will begin online. For each of the six weeks of the kourse, you’ll get a new teacher (including me!) showing you how to take your creativity to the next level. You’ll also join the Sketchbook Skool community of creative people just like us from all over the world. There are fun, informative lessons, great assignments, and places to post your creations! To check out Stretching and meet the teachers, click here.
There’s still time to sign up for this great kourse, but you don’t want to miss a single moment. Join me and Sketchbook Skool and sign up for Stretching now!
Using Sktchy forces me to practice portraits and it's a great thing because I haven't done too many of those lately. And while I am not a big fan of Procreate's bells and whistles -- because in my opinion, they can take away from the sketchiness of a sketch -- I love the time-lapse feature. I set the pencil stroke to "6B pencil" and let the app record while I sketched.
Gus, Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman... I have watched them every night, paused Netflix, sketched what's on the big screen, resumed, paused. I am in awe with the cinematography of the show. I haven't had the guts to watch Season 5 yet.
They're thumbnails drawn on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil. I have been a fan of Paper by Fifty Three but since the iPad Pro, Procreate has been my go-to sketching tool.