Playing and Skill building with your Pocket Sketchbook (On-line art lesson #3)

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folded pocket sketchbook, Michel Reynolds, Club Tuesday drawing exercises

Folded pocket sketchbook, and Micron pen by Michel Reynolds. Learning what is needed while sitting around the table laughing with friends.

pocket sketchbook, 2.5"x4" landscape drawing , Michel Reynolds, ClubTuesday drawing exercises

Click on the drawing to see the full composition. 2.5"x4" landscape drawing by Michel Reynolds,

Even if you draw really well, you always want to improve, right?  Developing your skills happens naturally with experimentation and practice.  How about a  Sketchbook Party so that you can have fun while learning – the way children and baby animals do – through play.

Like tying your shoes, folding a pocket sketchbook can be a bit tricky when you first try it! A bit of practice makes it easy. Here’s the link  to the video so that you can follow along if you want the directions(click on it):   How to fold a simple sketchbook Once you’ve watched, remember to press your computer browser’s back button to return to this post.

pocket sketchbook, 2.5"x4" landscape drawing , Michel Reynolds, ClubTuesday drawing exercises

Click on the drawing to see the full composition. 2.5"x4" Michel Reynolds, drawing exercises

Recipe for a Sketchbook Practice Party

  • Provide some drinks and snacks and invite your friends over
  • Learn to fold the sketchbook
  • Take turns suggesting a drawing idea
  • Draw that idea for a few minutes until the energy begins to subside
  • Share the drawings from that round and go again

Visual memory and imagination will be tested and stretched by suggesting things that can’t been seen at the table.

Visual observation will be strengthened by suggesting things that you can see as you work.

All  drawings in this post are courtesy of Michel Reynolds.

How to fold a simple sketchbook, Michel Reynolds 2.5" x 4" weekly art lesson blog, Lillian Kennedy

Five minute drawing of Tisha titled "Not Tisha" by Michel Reynolds 2.5" x 4"

How to fold a simple sketchbook, Michel Reynolds 2.5" x 4" weekly art lesson blog, Lillian Kennedy

Try drawing a still life from imagination in five minutes! Michel Reynolds 2.5" x 4"

They are from the tiny sketchbook that she filled in a spontaneous party this week.  Some of the ideas floated at that party/lesson include:

Different animals in different activities; one

How to fold a simple sketchbook, Michel Reynolds weekly art lesson blog, Lillian Kennedy

Michel Reynolds / micron pen

round was, “draw a bear standing, a cat walking, and a dog reclining”.  This really works your visual memory and it’s not easy! – The figure; in art “the figure” usually refers to the human body – often a live nude model – A corner of a room in your house – A landscape – A still life -Each other (looking across the table) -Our wine glasses – hands (our own, across the table or from memory)– a tree…

Please add your own ideas by clicking on comments below.  And Remember, Have Fun with your Muse!

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6 Responses to Playing and Skill building with your Pocket Sketchbook (On-line art lesson #3)

  1. Jean in NH says:

    What a fun way to learn!

  2. What a great idea to have a sketchbook party…I’ll have to clean my house! …nah! Why waste energy doing that?–I’ll clean the studio instead! 🙂

  3. Tisha says:

    No excuses will have my PSB with me from now on at all times this is a wonderful on line course thinking of art everywhere I go!

  4. jane says:

    i always write ideas and notes on scraps of paper on the go. this is such a great idea to keep my ideas together and also encourage more drawing.

  5. Ilene says:

    Wonderful ideas and Michel’s sketches really gave me inspiration to do little vignettes. They don’t have to a huge commitment or take too long so there’s really no reason not to do them all the time. Thanks!

  6. Lillian Kennedy says:

    Thanks for your comments! It’s exciting that you’ve been inspired. Keep me up to date on how it goes.

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