I signed up for Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool almost as a 'one last chance' to see if I could get into this visual journalling lark. This semester has six classes with six different teachers and as I am off work over Easter I knew that I could always back up the first two classes and double up when I had extra time. In fact it was such a pleasure watching the first set if videos that I got straight into it.
But, disaster hit! If I was hoping that his easy style would encourage me that there was no stress to this drawing game, I was wrong. His demo showed how he would paint his page with watercolour, then, when it was dry, paint the rough outline of his subject ( in this case, his son's painting shoes) and then draw in the contour lines. It looked fine when he did it. When I did it? Oh, no,no,no,no,no!!
He used the really bright, liquid watercolours and gouache. I used pan watercolours which I find really inspid and acrylic which came out way too dark and also shiney under the studio lights. So it was hard to see what I was was drawing and the pen really does not show up well over the paint. It did not help that whilst concentrating on the contour lines of the trainers (see, you didn't even know that is what the drawing was, did you?!) the three adults currently in my house interrupted me four times.
I could have given up and used this to prove that visual journalling is not for me. But part of the video lesson was all about how in the early days you can have reallly good taste in art and so high expectations but not have the skills to match your work to your good taste. The only way forward its to make lots of art until the gap closes. Plus, I thought, maybe I'd have better luck in my own instinctive style.
So I picked up my waterproof drawing pen and some Graphitint pencils, which I had never really used, on the basis that, if I had another disaster at least I might learn something about the pencils, and tried again. Much, much better, don't you think?
These are my dad's trainers. He is currently here starting off the landscaping for the garden. I was going to draw his muddy workboots but he was having so much fun digging things up I couldn't get them off his feet !
Is anyone else signed up for Sketchbook Skool?