Something unexpected happened…

blue_sketchbook_2013When I got back from my trip to Europe, my adult nephew from Brisbane came down to visit. I showed him my travel sketchbook. after a while he said, ‘I would like to do that. But I failed drawing when I was six’.  And then he said, ‘But then again, I do technical drawings for my work.’ I said, well, in that case you can do it. Anyone can do it. I showed him Danny Gregory’s book The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are. I also gave him some paper and a pen. He  sketched several times a day for the next few days, and when he wasn’t doing that, he was reading Danny’s book. He got on to amazon.com and ordered it too.geoff_book_cover

Then I gave him a sketchbook – a bought one – but he expressed the wish to make one like mine. A few weekends later he came down again ‘to go sketching’.  The weather forecast wasn’t good, so I went up to the art shop and bought enough Canaletto paper to make two books. Just as well.

So Friday night we talked sketching and painting and he ordered The Art of Perspective: The Ultimate Guide for Artists in Every Medium. I have a review half-written to post on this blog. This book is perspective but so much more. He also ordered The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook: A treasury of watercolor secrets discovered through decades of painting and experimentation. This is two books in one and has everything you need to know about watercolour, particularly for landscape.

geoff_book_insideSaturday it poured with rain. I made the blue book above. I really loved this format while I was travelling, and I think I will stick to it for a while. My nephew chose some of my paste paper in burnt sienna and green for his covers, and an old map for the end papers. He had never done this before, but he took to coptic binding like a duck to water. Stitching faster than me, and a beautiful professional result. He has every right to be proud of it.

Then later he looked at some more of my books and ordered Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers, and also  The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World. I think you could say he is hooked.

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3 responses to “Something unexpected happened…

  1. CrimsonLeaves

    Gosh, it must make you so proud that your nephew wants to learn from his aunt and be near her. I can’t even get my own kids to do that. I love his choices in papers too and I hope he will share his work on your blog or start one of his own. Please do keep me posted because I’d sure love to see his work too!

  2. What a great story – and in such a short time he even learned how to make his own sketchbook.

  3. Fantastic result! And just imagine making a 6 year old feel he’d failed as an artist!

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