I've recently signed up for a course designed by Jane Davies, with whom I've taken a number of workshops in the past. This is a downloadable course: it has no feedback from the instructor and no interaction with other students. It features a structured set of exercises, accompanied by a few video demonstrations.
Jane Davies offers a number of these classes, which can be found on her website, along with many video tutorials. I chose something very basic and fundamental: Sketchbook Practice. I hope that having the structure of a class like this will help me re-engage with my studio practice, as I have been so distracted these last months.
I begin the first lesson by gathering up all the mark-making materials I can find in my studio. I limit myself to the colour black. The idea is to make lines, just exploring the different qualities of each medium. Can you make a thick line, a thin line? What if you reduce the pressure? Can you smudge the line? Add water to the line? Use your non-dominant hand?
The next assignment in Lesson 1 is to use line to express an emotion. Here are my efforts:
(I like this design, though I'm not so sure
it expresses Envy.)
|If you look closely, you can see the white scribble,|
created with a china marker, which resists the water colour paint.
I've never been one to use a sketchbook, but I can see the value in this kind of exercise, even if it's just to loosen up. The final part of Lesson 1 will include blind contour and contour drawing. Looking forward to further explorations!