Watercolor Magic!

by David Pyle Art-making stuff Finding joy vs. being ‘good’ (whatever that is) I know this sounds trite, but it really IS all about the ...
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creative habits

How to Start

I could start with a humorous anecdote, maybe something self-deprecating —I’ve been doing a fair amount of that sort of self-flagellation lately. Maybe about the ...
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Everyday Matters – Profile of Catherine Youngren

Welcome to a new series from Sketchbook Skool about what making art means in our lives, as told by members of our Spark community.  “Making ...
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Drawing Tips

Blog 5

Choosing Your Watercolor Palette: A Complete Guide

Navigate the plethora of palette options to watercolor at home or on-location. There are as many watercolor palette options as there are colors. It’s limitless. Whether you like to draw and paint out and about in the world or at home using photos, it can be difficult to navigate the many watercolor palette options out

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Painting realistic skin tones

Painting Realistic Skin Tones with Watercolor

A Guide to Painting People with Personality Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, we’ve all been there. You decide to add a person to your watercolor piece, but you can’t quite get it right. It ends up missing something, not looking realistic or as you imagined. An oval with a flat wash of color has

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creative habits

How to Start

I could start with a humorous anecdote, maybe something self-deprecating —I’ve been doing a fair amount of that sort of self-flagellation lately. Maybe about the time I fell asleep in the library in college and was so embarrassed when I was awoken by another student that….

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Blog 6

How I filled 100 sketchbooks

This may surprise you but I only started to draw when I was in my late 30s. Until then I basically hadn’t done a drawing since I was a kid.  But in the last 20 years or so, I’ve filled over a hundred sketchbooks.  I don’t know the exact number, but there’s been a lot

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Blog 7

Featured Artists from the Community: June 2020

For this month’s roundup of artists from our community, we meet Tina Folks, Clare Putnam, and Maria Beloshitskaya. These artists hail from all over the globe, from New England in the United States, to Moscow, Russia! Tina Folks, Patchogue, NY Tina Folks runs a wallpaper and faux finishing business with her husband by day and

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Danny Gregory

A radio interview with Danny Gregory

A radio interview with Danny Gregory “Why you can’t draw” and much more Danny had great fun yesterday talking to Paula Granquist for her show “ArtZany” on KYMN in Minnesota. They discussed why people think they can’t draw, how to get started making art, his books, Sketchbook Skool and loads more. Click here to listen

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Andrea Joseph

Interview: Andrea Joseph – For The Love Of It

Check out JJ Gregory’s chat with Andrea Joseph about ballpoint pens (of course!), new ways to challenge yourself, and how she’s found even more things to love during the process of creating art. Q: Doodle was my nickname for my Dad when I was growing up so I am especially and personally fond of the

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Twingley's Accidents

Interview: Twingley’s Accidents

JJ Gregory chatted with Jonathan Twingley about happy accidents, the importance of being present, and the popularity of sketchbooking during this digital age. Q: I’ve just finished watching your Sketchbook Skool klass again and it is so full of pearls of wisdom that I hardly know where to start! One of my absolute favorite things

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