My first sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project was not as good as I had hoped it would be, but I sent it anyway, and I had fun doing it. The second sketchbook I did was for this year and it should be on tour now. So far, I haven't gotten any e-mails telling me that anyone has seen it yet. But it is just starting the tour, so there will be time. My second sketchbook was way better than the first one I did. Most of that was because the sketchbooks that the Art House Co-Op are making for these projects is better than the Moleskines they were using before. The paper is better, and there is a more realistic amount of paper in the book, so it is easier to actually finish the whole sketchbook. The first sketchbook I did not finish because there were too many pages in the sketchbook, and I didn't have enough time to finish it. The second one I completely finished.
The second sketchbook is an underwater theme where I drew cartoon fish, castles, jellyfish, etc.... My drawing style is basically cartoonish. I spent a bunch of time trying to find a way of drawing that I was comfortable with. I did the college courses, and I learned about gesture drawing, contour drawing, and modified contour drawing, and all of those ways of drawing are great, but I get sort of bored when it comes to drawing things from real life. Then one day I found a really cool book on drawing cartoons by Mark Kistler, and I learned that I could draw from my imagination once I new how to draw certain things. Once I got to drawing his way, I started to think up my own ideas for what I had learned. That's when it started to get really fun! That's the way his drawing works. He gives you the basic know how to drawing, and then you run with your own ideas and create your works. It's great! I know there are some people out there who think he is an art teacher for kids, but I think there are a lot of adults out there who find his way of teaching to be perfect for them.
Before I started the last sketchbook for the project, I signed up for Mark's online art academy. So I started with the ocean lessons and created fun ideas with what I knew how to draw. Now, this sketchbook is going to be based on Ancient Egypt. The question is, can I fill a whole sketchbook with my own ideas of cartooning Ancient Egypt? I am using his online lessons to learn to draw cartoons based in Ancient Egypt, but then I want to come up with my own ideas for sketchbook pages.
Since I work in an elementary school, I get my summers off to work on my artwork, and the Sketchbook Project. I didn't get as much done last summer as I wanted, but I got some of the sketchbook done, and I eventually finished it. I want to do more this summer. We have about two and half weeks of school left for this school year, and then my time will be my own. I am looking forward to this summer.