Sketchbook Skool is something so special that even when you are not in class, when you are between semesters, you are involved with the group of students in Facebook "playground" and are continually stimulated and inspired by the art of so many awesome artists that you are compelled to continue drawing. And we all know that practice, practice, practice pays off, right?
I do believe that this last week of drawing where I pushed myself to draw 100 portraits, a self inflicted goal, shows that practice pays off.
I loved doing each one of these, some using paint (water colors), some with brush pens, and many
with colored pencils, but all started in ink.
I love the black and white and some color effect too!
This group of artists is full of humor, you can hear the laughter out the door. Our teachers can be pretty humorous too sometimes. As is Danny Gregory in the photo he offered up of himself to draw.
There are probably way more women in the group, but the guys are nice too.
When I got to portrait #99 and #100 I wanted something extra special, and I didn't want to hurt any students feelings so I chose to honor the memory of my dearest friend, Patty, by drawing her and her husband Bob from a photo I had of them. Maybe you can read the story I wrote on the page. It took me a while to realize that tears were streaming down my cheeks while I was drawing and writing this.
My dear friend will be gone one year at the end of this month. It was on this day in 2013 (July 1) that she learned she had lung cancer. She was gone on July 31. I miss her more than words can tell.
One of the students asked me what I would do after I reached #100. I said I guessed I'd keep going, at least until second semester starts on July 4th.
And so I have ... I may do one more today ... and one tomorrow ... and then SKOOL begins. It's not too late to sign up for semester ONE or TWO. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The teachers are great, helpful, friendly, generous with knowledge and sharing. The students are teachers too with all the same qualifications mentioned about the faculty.
My life has been enriched beyond words by signing up for these classes. Six weeks, six teachers, and 2000 classmates to play with in the playground. (Facebook page) check out SketchbookSkool.com and see for yourself.
I still do some of these out in public drawings when I can too.
Have a creative week!
Happy Paint Party Friday!
Thanks for stopping by to see my art. If you missed the last few weeks scroll down a few posts for more portraits!