Since I know all your lives have been on hold waiting for this moment, you’ll be thrilled to know it’s finally here: the first week of Sketchbook Saturday!! This week’s challenge/prompt/chore/whathaveyou is pretty simple, but first a little introduction.
What is Sketchbook Saturday?
It’s an event that occurs on each Saturday and involves sketches, obviously. More to the point, I’ll be giving you a prompt each week. From that prompt, you’ll create a sketch (if you don’t draw you can still join in, see below). Then, I’d love to see what you come up with so please share your creation based on the prompt (again, see below for more details on this). I’ll be sharing my own prompt-based sketches – both the good and the bad – on the day I give you the prompt.
Why Do This?
First, to force myself to do something a bit more “free” in my art world. Most of my work is highly realistic, very detailed, and doesn’t allow much room for playing around or experimenting with other styles or media. By doing at least one sketch each week, I’m giving myself that chance to explore. Second, I hope to encourage you (even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist) to play around with the prompt and simply enjoy the relaxing fun of being creative. Third, I hope to use this event to “meet” a few new people.
How Do I Participate?
The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).
You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).
Participating By Blog
- Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it).
- Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
- Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.
Participating By Facebook
- Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
- Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used.
- Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
- Share the post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).
What If I Don’t Draw?
Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.
If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.
And Now…Week #1 of Sketchbook Saturday
This week, I want you to get a sketchbook. You can either splurge at the art supply store, dig around in your closet for an old notebook or journal, or make your own book by stitching together some scraps of paper. Pick any size of paper/pad/journal that suits your needs.
If you’re only going to draw (or write), any basic sketchbook or blank journal will do. If you’re planning to add in wet media like watercolors or inks, I’d suggest opting for a mixed media book or some type of art journal with heavy weight paper to avoid wrinkly pages once your work dries.
Now, I don’t know about you, but staring at a blank page can seem a bit daunting to me, so this week’s optional task is to make your sketchbook your own and “decorate” the pages so they aren’t completely blank. You can see some examples from my own book below.
This decoration doesn’t have to be incorporated into your sketch (unless you want to) and doesn’t have to be anything fancy…some colored marker squiggles at the edge of a page, some scraps of patterned paper glued in here and there, or a light ink/watercolor wash over some stencils. Anything to give the pages a little less blank-ness. You can, of course, leave some pages blank, if you like.
That’s it for this week. Have fun making your sketch books your own (I’d love to see what you came up with, so be sure to share) and get ready for next week when you’ll receive your first “real” prompt.
Any questions about this? Just leave a comment and I’ll try to give an intelligent answer.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.