Saturday, May 10, 2014

Starting From Scratch in Your Sketchbook

At the 2014 New England SCBWI conference, I taught a workshop with fellow author/illustrator, Russ Cox. Our workshop was titled "Sketchbooks are Awesome!" 

Why? Because they are. 

Both Russ and I have had rewarding career experiences through sharing our sketchbooks and we wanted to stress how important it is to draw every day...How, no matter what, you should set a little time aside for yourself. You might not always make something worth loving, or sharing, but drawing in a sketchbook is like writing in a journal. "Getting it out" is both therapeutic AND a way to become a better artist. 

 


We wanted to encourage fellow illustrators and writers to use their sketchbooks again and assumed that the attendees signed up because they weren't and needed help. With that information we were able to put together a (hopefully) inspirational presentation, not without humor of course:

Photo Cred: Lisa Griffin

One thing I briefly touched on with to attendees was how to get over fear of the blank page by drawing light circles. I realized the best way to explain this was to film a demo of how I do it. Because that video is filled with blabbering on, I will not blabber on any more in writing... :)

Please enjoy! Let me know what you think or what you'd like to see more of in the comments!

Cheers!
~Renee


17 comments:

  1. Alright that photograph just cracked me up. Well done!

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    1. It wasn't until the end that Russ noticed his "skirt was up"!

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  2. Loved this workshop, one of my favorites! And thanks to you both, I have been sketching more than ever before. I enjoyed your video as well, it is fun to listen in while you work. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! You were a wonderful helper-outer too...thanks for helping us set up and clean up! I'm so glad to hear that it helped...now we just have to figure out how to get everyone to keep it up!

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  3. This was great, Renee. Thank you for sharing your sketching, live! And look at that, it turned out fabulous.

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  4. Love this, Renee! It's always fascinating to see how other artists work. Good stuff!

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    1. I agree, I love watching other folks draw too! Thank you!!

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  5. Really fantastic video Renee..thank you for sharing your sketching process! I've heard so much about Copic markers..but have never played with them before. Your sketch (finished illo!) turned out wonderfully..so fresh!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! They're definitely a really fun tool to play with, discovering that the sketch markers had a brush on one side is what sold me!

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  6. Love your work ! Really enjoyed seeing this.

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  7. Thanks so much for the video. I didn't get to attend you workshop because it was fill so this was a treat. I got so excited I went out and got the gray scale Copic markers. I love them. It was gotten me inspired to use ink in my sketchbook not just pencil. Thank again!

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    1. Aw, thanks Ibellina! Hopefully Russ and I will get to teach it again! I'm glad you're experimenting in your sketchbook!

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  8. It was a beautiful tutorial Renee, love it! It was inspiring and I think it's a great idea to start with circles. Definitely going to buy some marker and try this one :)

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    1. Thank you, Elif! I'm glad it was useful!!

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  9. This was so much fun to watch. Thanks for sharing your sketch process, Renee. Very cute kitties too!

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    1. Heehee, thanks Dana! I can't help but be inspired by my own kitty all the time. :)

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