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A nice bit of feedback…

November 24, 2015

I recently posted up some drawings to the discussion forum on my class as part of a long answer to a student. I was referring back to some sketches done while testing a new (old) pen nib.

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I’d said:

“Continuing on with the question about – should I draw in pencil first?

Here’s a small set to emphasize my point about drawing directly in ink. Now, I know everyone sees art differently, and these might be somewhat extreme examples. But if you like the sense of freedom and exuberance in these drawings and you’d like to try to get here with your art – this is why you can’t really do it by drawing in pencil first.

You just won’t have this sense of freedom. If your mind is saying ‘I need to plan the drawing so it’s perfect’ – your hand cannot possibly be free in the execution. This is something that I’m loving more and more as I draw. I have simply made the decision that there are no mistakes in drawing. That I don’t care about accuracy, I care about my drawing. My personal mark making. Anyway, that’s just some thinking from me. Take from it if you like what you see!”

And I got a nice answer back:

“I am really glad you decided to address this, because I had been wondering the same thing myself. Since following some of your traveling sketch class I have gotten so much freer and it’s been so great not to worry about if I’m being accurate enough. I’ve loved the freedom. I’ve been away from the tutorial a bit lately, and I could feel myself getting more concerned about accuracy, less free and then giving consideration to drawing in pencil first. So, bingo! I see your comments and sketches and it’s taking me back to what I was enjoying. So, I’m going to go back and watch the videos again and do more practicing until it’s super instilled in me to continue to enjoy the freedom of ink drawing!!”

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So in celebration of that nice reminder of why I do this blog, and who I made the Travel Sketching class for, I just wanted to remind everyone, that if you give out this link, any friend you send it to can register at $20 off the retail price. This is my full instructor discount, permanently on offer to you, just for reading my blog.

My Sketching People class, which just got voted in the top 5 favorite drawing classes on Craftsy (thanks for those 5 stars!), is also on at my full instructor discount – just for clicking through me you’ll get $15 off.

Craftsy gives instructors a slightly higher royalty click if you sign up to a class this way, because they know we love our blog followers, and they want us to be able to offer you the best rate.

So I’m glad to do it, please pass it on to your friends and support the blog, and thanks for being a loyal reader!



9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2015 10:45 PM

    I have your fabulous book and I’m enrolled in both classes…Very Impressed with the content and your teaching style! Thank you so much for the discounts too. Cheers-Darlene

  2. Pat Cameron permalink
    November 24, 2015 10:57 PM

    Oh bugger Marco I’m already a class member in both but will pass it on. I also have your book. I am also taking part in Stephanie Bower’s class (thanks to your heads up) and have just purchased James Richard’s class as well. All this in readiness for a trip to Europe next June. Love the classes, the blog and the feedback from you all!

    • November 25, 2015 10:38 AM

      I’m looking forward to trying Jim’s class as well. See you in the comments :)

  3. Margaret Hunt permalink
    November 25, 2015 10:09 AM

    Bytw loved ur travel sketching class. Drew my way from Paris to Normandie and back all in ink. No pencil. Didn’t do a lot of watercolor because the light on the Viking boat was so bad you couldn’t see the colors especially yellows. BUT they made up for it w awesome views of the Seine and you could sit inside in a comfy chair and draw the adorable farms houses and ancient chateaus aka castles as we floated. A real plus when the weather turned windy and cold!

    • November 25, 2015 10:37 AM

      That sounds like a great trip Margaret!

      • Margaret Hunt permalink
        November 25, 2015 3:56 PM

        Thanks it was. Ready to go back now!!

        • Pat Cameron permalink
          November 25, 2015 3:59 PM

          Love the work that’s coming from that trip Margaret!

          • Margaret Hunt permalink
            November 25, 2015 4:07 PM

            Thanks Pat!!!

  4. Joanna permalink
    November 25, 2015 4:02 PM

    the perfect excuse for me to sign up for the Sketching People right now!
    Thanks for the blog and the terrific Craftsy Travel Sketching. And thanks so much for the comments on pen to paper sketching!!

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