So, are you in the class with us? If yes, yay, fun, right?!? If no, what?!? ...I kid, I kid...it's ok, it's not for everyone, I know, you'll just have to bear with our excitement while we go on about it a little more. ;)
If you are in the class, I wanted to make sure you know you can watch it by logging in via any internet browser on any computer or device, you don't have to download the app. I mention it because I know one friend was having problems downloading the app. If you are participating, please share what you are making, either on the classroom gallery section of Creativebug (be sure you put your name in the comments if you don't have a profile that uses your name, so that I can give you credit when I pin your work to my #CBsketchbooking pinboard.) If you are sharing on instagram, make sure you hashtag it #CBSketchbooking (be sure you have the ing!) And if you are sharing on a blog, your facebook, or anywhere else, feel free to leave a link in the comments here on the blog. I really want to see your work! I'm not sure I'm seeing everything that you all are sharing, but I'm trying to! The classroom gallery was losing some photos yesterday, but I think they've resolved that, so please give it another go if yours went missing. Today, there are a lot more photos appearing and it's exciting to see them pop up there and on instagram! I'm loving what everyone is up to and hearing about how it's fun to stretch and try new and different things!!! I'm also excited to see what everyone makes and how it might change over the week since the next lesson doesn't release until next Tuesday. Plenty of time to experiment!
Which is why I'm sharing these pages here today, different pages than were shown in class. The truth is, I rarely love what I make when teaching; my focus is truly on the doing and sharing the process, not the result, but often that leads to each technique being done a little bit faster and more disjointed, because it's about how to play and I'm trying to teach all the different aspects of the concept. Add verbalizing to the mix and it increases the odds for discombobulatin. I was a little bit disappointed to realize that I might feel the same about the samples I made while filming, until I reminded myself again, that that is the point I am trying to get across- no focus on result- so I'm demonstrating that too ! ;) When I sit down and enjoy the same process and techniques at a slower (non talking, non demonstrating) pace, I often end up in a little more finished, and often more pleasing place. Still organically, just a quieter, more natural manner of getting to the end. Which is why I think that the student work will change over this week too, as students keep playing and experimenting and are able to get comfortable with the techniques, they will free up in different ways and possibly even start incorporating into their own typical work a bit.
So here are some pages from my sketchbooks, using the same concepts of week 1:
love that flower!
Look how different the page on the right looks above, before coloring in the big circle and after coloring in below:
It's a little darker in the day now, but you get the idea, I like it both ways for different reasons.
Today, I used my non dominant hand and forced myself to go very slowly, because that speed is not my usual when creating. I think trying anything that's not one's usual is informative to your creativity.
I also slowed down the painting process, slow, meditative and enjoyable. Now I'm going to go back in and play with some pens on top...or not...I might wait or paint the whole background.
It's fun to lean into color exploration and the feel of the brush on the paper.
I've got a growing stack of sketchbooks, which I see as totally different than my art journals, (but of course, don't have to be). For me, the sketchbooks are used as more of a one technique focus per page, and are a little more organized thought process or experiment taken all the way to finished vs. my art journal pages, which often have a little of this and a little of that mixed with who knows what!
Ok, back to searching around for more student art and making more of my own to share!!! xox