When it comes to conversations with creative people, this is what I hear more than anything else. . .
I Can’t Draw!!
Sometimes the “straight line” part of that is thrown in for good measure.
It is a very rare occasion indeed when somebody says “Why, yes, I draw quite well, actually.”
And yet, being able to draw is on the top of the wish list of most creative people.
But, we are taught that we can’t do it, that we must be born with talent, that what we draw does not look “right”, and so most of us don’t even think that wish has a chance of coming true.
And I get that.
It’s why I have devoted so much time to developing drawing lessons that are simple and fun, and which REALLY teach you to draw.
I learn as much as my students do during my art journaling retreats, and one thing I have learned over and over is that ANYONE can learn to draw, and draw well, within a short period of time.
Of course, becoming a person whose drawings are amazing still takes lots of practice and time, but you can learn to draw “OK” quickly.
And the easiest method I have come up with yet, is the one I used in the most recent workshops, Sketch Journal One and Sketch Journal Two.
This method just takes a logical path from one thing to another, sort of like the meanderings of the creative mind. We go step-by-step, encountering and incorporating the things you need to know to do each thing.
I like the approach so much that I am using it for my new series of books – Art Journal Chronicles. Or I might even call them Sketch Journal Chronicles. The jury is still out on that. “Art Journal” takes in a lot of popular activities that have very little to do with sketching or drawing, so “Sketch Journal” may be more appropriate.
My take on the Art Journal is that it is a place to keep moments and memories in a visual form. Doing that with photos and pasted ephemera is a scrapbook. Doing that with drawings of your own is a Sketch Journal.
But to keep one of those, you have to be able to sketch (draw).
A SPECIAL SALE . . .
Because of a crazy schedule, I never treated my Sketch Journal One and Two Workshops with enough respect and attention when they came out. They were only announced once, were not available on my website pages after that, and were hard to get to in the Shopping Cart.
They deserve better.
So I am putting them on SALE for the rest of this month – BOTH workshops for $85.
It’s only a 5 day sale because, with 15 lessons each, their regular price of $65 is much less than they are worth anyway.
You will be able to create the paint brush page at the top of this post after completing these two workshops, and there is a Sample Lesson from Sketchbook One in the Menu in the header of this blog, in case you haven’t seen that yet.
If you have already taken Sketch Journal One, there is still a SALE for you. Sketch Journal Two will be on sale for $40 for the rest of October as well.
Here is the Link to the Sketch Journal One description page, and you can get to the Sale in the Shopping Cart from there.
The lessons are easy and take very little time, so you can give yourself the ability to draw as a holiday gift!!