Refresh Your Spirit with Fearless Drawing and Painting
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.
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.
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
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!