Pragmatic Sketching Masterclass – Starting again in autumn 2021
Build a solid foundation for your drawing skills
You (want or need to) take visual notes during talks, meetings or at school, you create flip charts for presentations and workshops, you capture work sessions on a whiteboard, organise your day in your bullet journal, or draw just for fun but…
- when you want to draw something, you don’t quite know how to?
- you draw something and somehow it just looks a bit off (especially the tricky stuff, like hands and faces)?
- your (stick) figures and people look a bit stiff and you would like to give them more life and expression?
or do you want to...
- get faster, clearer and more confident in your sketching?
- improve your sketching, but you are not quite sure how and where to start?
Then I have got something for you.
I designed a series of sketching sessions where we will lay some solid foundations for drawing (almost) anything in a pragmatic, simple and clear way.
- Clear and confident lines:
Developing basic motor skills
- Sketching objects.
Dealing with structure, perspective and shading
- Simple, but expressive stick figures:
Sketching actions and emotions
- Sketching different types of people
- Creating scenes
- Sketching simple portraits
- Sketching Hands
- Going from stick figures to full body figures
and exploring your personal style
Who is this masterclass for?
The class is for anyone who wants to learn (even from scratch) to draw things in a simple, clear and pragmatic way or who wants to improve their current sketching practice by taking a more detailed view at how to approach sketching things, people, actions, emotions, faces and hands and anything else in a structured but also playful way. (Scroll further down to read a bit more about how and why I teach this and see how this approach resonates with you).
A bit more on how and why I teach this series
Learning how to draw or to sketch is a bit like learning how to write.
Imagine you never learned how to write. Can you even imagine not being able to express yourself through written words, not being able to note down the things you don’t want to forget, not being able to get a clearer picture by writing down the most important points? Life and work would be so much harder.
Now think about if you could add a similarly powerful and fundamental tool to your thinking and communication… well, that’s sketching for you.
Sketching can help you to observe, analyse, understand and make sense of the world around you and of the thoughts your head. It gives you an additional layer to think through and communicate complex problems with more clarity and explore ideas and solutions in a more concrete and relatable way.
Words and images are like best friends. Together they can do anything. Their strength complement each other and they support each other in tricky situations. The skill to add images to your words, to let simple sketches empower and enhance what you say or write is a can transform how you think and communicate, both on your own and with others.
Sketching is a fundamental skill that can be applied to every aspect of life and work:
Taking visual notes (also called sketchnotes) to structure and remember things you want to learn, stepping up to the whiteboard or flipchart in a workshop or a coaching session to explain your thoughts, planning your week in your bullet journal, capturing fun situations in a visual diary, making your presentation slides more personal and interesting by adding your own sketches, letting a user journey come to life with a simple story board, or drawing just for fun, to relax, enjoy or bringing a smile to someone’s face.
Like with writing, there is a bit of a learning curve to sketching
Sketching is not art, and the action of sketching is more important than the final result. Everybody can sketch. But if you want to feel confident and have fun while sketching, it is good to have some sound foundation to build on.
Sketching is a decision making process.
Good sketches are the results of good decisions that you took with every mark you make: How can I draw this? What is the shape? Where should I place my mark? How big should this part be? Which details would I leave out? Where would I start? How do I get the proportions right? Which thickness of line should I use? Which colour? How do I make it look clearer? How do I emphasise the important part? And so on and so on.
My goal for this series of classes is to lay the foundations with you so you feel confident making your own good decisions when you sketch – decisions that support the clarity of your drawings, decisions that help you create the meaning and effect you wanted, decisions that empower you to experiment and find your own voice and new solutions for your sketches.
Methodical but playful
My approach to drawing is very methodical but also playful at the same time.
I will show you HOW I approach drawing things and explain WHY I do it this way. Through understanding the WHY behind the HOW you will be able to adapt your sketching to the situation you are using it in and to the goal you want to achieve. You’ll build a solid foundation for a thoughtful sketching practice. Understanding the fundamental principles and their effects will open up lots of room for structured experimentation and playful exploration on the way to developing your own voice and style.
Join me in the next round in autumn 2021 and get drawing!
I’d be super happy if you joined me this autumn to spend the (probably dark and rainy) evenings having some fun, learning new things and practicing a useful and joyful skill together.
Do you have any more questions?
Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to answer your question.