Creative Process, Part 2

leafdrawingWhenever I create, I watch myself carefully to note the steps I take.

This practice comes from being a life-long teacher. How can you explain how to do something if you aren’t keeping track of the steps?

I am always trying to improve my teaching by making it more and more simple and easy to understand, so I have come up with several methods of art instruction over the years, and my newest is most closely aligned with how creative process actually works.

I was sketching and painting Wildflowers last Summer – meandering from one thing to another along the creative path of that, when it struck me that this very thing I was doing, was the best way for someone to learn to draw and paint.

I learned long ago, in the process of teaching PhotoShop, that it is a more effective thing to learn what is necessary to the task at hand, and put it to use immediately – than to learn “all about” each part of a process and then try to store that knowledge for when you actually need it in the future.

That last sentence was very wordy, but I think you know what I mean.

So, while sketching my Wildflowers, I was thinking how much fun it would be to teach drawing like that – just meandering from one thing to another, and asking the students to just follow along – step-by-step.

In the process of drawing and painting one thing, you may learn a little bit about perspective, a little bit about shading, a little bit about watercolor and color usage – but not EVERYTHING about all those things.

Just enough to get that flower done nicely.

Of this was my Sketch Journal One Workshop born. It  was a great success, and is now a self-paced WHENEVER workshop.

On February 15, I will launch Sketch Journal Two to continue the journey.

It will pick up from where we left off and continue with 15 more lessons over a 30 day period.

My biggest challenge has been to explain to you how fun and effective these workshops are – without actually showing you.

Seeing is believing after all.

So, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, I am sharing an actual, complete lesson from the Sketch Journal One workshop – FREE for everyone.

I chose a lesson which demonstrates how easy it is to draw an ordinary thing, and how many little pieces of art knowledge you pick up in the process. Of course, some of the knowledge was presented in the lessons preceding this one, but you will be able to follow along just fine.

AND to sweeten the pie even more, I have put the workshop on Special for the rest of January – $15 off the $65 tuition!

To make this  more fair to students who already took Sketch Journal One at full tuition, I am extending the same discount on Sketch Journal Two if you register during January.

That discount is in the Shopping Cart here:

AND anybody feeling that they will probably want to take both workshops, can purchase both during January for the reduced tuition.

Without further ado, here is Lesson 10 from Sketch Journal One. I hope you have a lot of fun with it:

If you want to learn to draw and paint – particularly for the sake of your art journal, this is the workshop for you. If you know how to draw and paint, but want new idea starters, tips, and incentive, this workshop is for you also.

Sketch Journal One, Drawing and Painting for the Art Journal and Sketchbook.



10 thoughts on “Creative Process, Part 2

  1. Deb Spindler

    The link to the free lesson isn’t working. Thanks.
    I keep looking at the little painting I did with the Inktense pencils and am anxious to take another of your classes, I really enjoyed it. Deb

  2. Glory Mooberry

    Link still not working – perhaps you are having a relaxing Sunday playing and painting – I hope so – you deserve it. :-)

  3. Jeanne Maxon

    Me, too – just get an error message on the free lesson link :( Looking forward to seeing it soon :)

  4. jessica Post author

    I think I found the problem – the links are fixed now AND, I also added it to the menu on the blog header – up under Whatever . . .Whenever, it now lists the free lesson.

  5. Karen Little

    I just finished your Sketch Journal 1 and picked up the skills I was seeking to produce clear and attractive illustrations and be able to do them in any place at any time.

    Reading around your site, I came across your saying that you went to a watercolor society and were surprised to find out that everything you were doing was wrong (!) and that you were glad you learned on your own without the pros guiding you. WELL, after finishing your course, I started watching YouTube videos featuring watercolor training and frankly, I could not have learned what you taught from any of them. Now mind you, I have an art/drawing background, so I think I’m a good judge of what I’m saying. Most of the videos were very good, but they did not teach the simplicity of using watercolors for illustration. While I now think I could branch out someday to create grandiose scenes, I don’t think I could have easy gone backwards had I learned “grandiose” first.

    I look forward to learning more come September in Santa Fe!

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