I haven’t done an online course for —–years. However I have just this week started doing Marc Taro Holmes Travel Sketching course on Craftsy. Fantastic! Yesterday for one day only they had 50% off all courses, so I bought a couple more, but also got on the phone to my friends to say, buy it..buy it!
The course starts with drawing without lifting your pen off the paper. Broni and I did that back in May in Bali, on the left on this page.
The first image here is from a photo taken in the village of Iseh, high up on the slopes of Mt Agung. The photo I used is in this post.
My second image is from a photo taken in a restaurant on Mt Batur while I was sketching this page. It started out very similar to this sketch, although I was using a blue-grey watercolour pencil. As I sketched during lunch, I had the time to finish it.
Already I have learnt that it is worth doing a quick sketch as simple as this, rather than no sketch at all. Less than five minutes. Practice will make them better as I do more. A few notes on the page and perhaps a business card glued on will make the layout more interesting.
For my homework, I am using a cheap spiral bound book, A5 size, as I need to do many of these to become more proficient. I plan to do many, MANY. I plan to take this book with me when I go out sketching and do a quick sketch in it as well as in my main sketchbook. (I do like to keep my sketches consecutive, so I prefer not to have more than one sketchbook on the go.)
Only downside of the course……Marc Taro Holmes has line drawings like this that make me want to weep. But it is something to aspire to.