Some time back I took a class called Whimsical Sketching. Then I took one called Drawing 101. Just this week I completed one titled 30 Days to More Confident Sketching. All sound similar but are completely different in scope and intention.
Whimsical sketching was pen and ink used to draw allover themed cartoony pages. Those included random flowers on one, birds on branches for another, stacks of packages, a tower of cupcakes and an underwater scene.
Drawing 101 taught a lot of perspective lessons to make boxes, buildings, spheres, cylinders and natural objects fit properly into their environment with scale, angles and details looking correct.
This latest, More Confident Sketching, covered a wide range of themes using only graphite pencils in a variety of hardnesses to achieve highlights and shadows. The point was not to create finished detailed drawings but to learn to create sketches that could be used as a map for finished pieces in other mediums. There were first some pages where we learned about our materials and then we worked through different themes. Most of the 30 days had exercises that covered more than one page in the sketchbook.
The instructor provided the photographs for the drawings she did in the exercises. In most cases, I searched out my own photos to use as references as I wanted to be sure I was applying the principles being taught and not just copying her sketches.
Without comment, these are the pages I did as homework for this class.
I hated this exercise!
Water is HARD!
Clouds are hard, too!
When I was done with the class, I took my final sketch and used it as the basis for a page in a devotional book I am working through.
I used one of the bird sketching lessons for another devotional book page.
I gathered together all of my reference photos and the instructor's samples and bound them into a class notebook.
Somewhere along the way I bought a pencil roll to hold all my pencils and tools (eraser, sharpener, sanding stick).
30 days of anything is quite a discipline but I made it through and will definitely return to these lessons when planning future projects.