Students often ask about using sketchbooks. They are not like Art Coursework books, where you might work through a project or journey… Instead they are small, carry around with you collections of drawings in which you might try and capture a person, a scene or object. The key is experimentation, different materials, and using lots of mark-making to capture something.
These are examples of our A’Level sketchbooks, they are small (often A5) and we really like their expressiveness..
and here are just a few:
The RA are setting daily doodle tasks, today’s is draw a lion…
National Portrait Gallery are also asking artists to do a self portrait and upload on to their twitter #hockneydrawings –
The letter yesterday has so many interesting sketchbook links and having the opportunity to draw is important…
Here’s another that I found on the internet…
Dear fantastic art students
We have found a number of rather interesting sketchbooks online, which might inspire you to explore different approaches to drawing. They are really worth looking at (once you’ve opened one, scroll/click through to see the pages) and I hope you feel inspired!
Dynamic colour pencil portraits –
Super cool inky and mixed media works –
Tonal, more ‘realistic’ portraits –
Ruler-line geometric compositions –
A series of paintings that were developed from sketches of the artist’s home environment –
A beautiful sketchbook including drawings with overlapping lines and a cubist sense of shifting facets as people change position –