Monday, 24 January 2022
Thursday, 9 December 2021
Sketchbook Skool have recently invited me to deliver some online drawing classes for them.
I get to introduce an hour's worth of 'Inspiration' on a drawing oriented topic of my choice. What a joy!
A recent session was: 'Is it OK to copy?'
I'm meeting an amazing group of people who are dedicating lots of their time to making, developing and finding out more about art. Some are curious beginners, others are accomplished at drawing - all are curious and incredibly supportive of one anothers' efforts.
Irina Lubenskaya attended this particular session.
Luckily I have a co-host for the session delivery - she enabled me to see Irina's work in one of the Q&A / show-and-tell slots.
(I'm still fairly new to Zoom - there's so much to think about on top of delivering the lecture / drawing demos)
I knew Irina's drawing was looking special from the get go.
She shared the finished illustrations with me a few days later, saying:
"Tracing historical portraits was such an unexpected way to look deeply at the familiar."
We've chatted a little since, through Sketchbook Skool.
She knew of my books before the session, and now I know her drawing.
Irina studied industrial design in the Moscow Technological Institute, and is now -
"Working in digital marketing: a bit of design, a bit of code, lots of meetings."
Like many attendees of Sketchbook Skool she says she hasn't 'done much' with her training since graduating from university. (I disagree!)
"SBS is making a difference, just by motivating me to try different things."
Monday, 29 November 2021
A visit to The Bluecoat - Liverpool's contemporary arts centre is a regular habit for whenever I visit the city. I know there will pretty much always be something that piques my interest. If not, seeing the building itself is a treat.
Sunday, 22 August 2021
Back in January 2021 - in the depths of a UK and world lockdown, I was invited to participate in an online chat with Danny Gregory - one of the movers and groovers of the Sketchbook Skool - an online resource to get everyone drawing.
My first book Freehand had been chosen as a 'topic' there.
Each week on a Friday morning a random page is chosen and participants of the group interpret the image in their own fashion.
There are 100+ images in the book, so a lot of drawing ideas to try out.
Note: the group is a closed one so I'll be asking permission to feature some of the work here at a future date.
You're very welcome to join Sketchbook Skool and the 'Explore This Book: Freehand' group if you wish. This will give you access to everything :-)
Initially I was going to draw live for the hour long zoom interview with Danny, but in the end, we just had a really good chat.
I ended up doing a really quick envelope doodle right after the interview so all the lovely folk who joined the zoom call could see what was on my desk as we chatted.