How To Get Inspired

Life gets in the way. ‘I’m too tired to pick up a pen’. ‘I don’t feel inspired’.

These are all legitimate excuses to leave your sketchbook in your bag or at the table and binge on some show on Netflix. But are they really? Does a few hours of watching TV really make you that happy? For me, even a five minute drawing is so much more rewarding and satisfying! And the strange thing is, I am still surprised by that every single time.

So you need to remind yourself to keep up with the habit of making art. You can do it and you know it. But a little nudge and support is always welcome, right?
So here’s a tip:

Sketchbook Skool initiated a 365 project, available for anybody who runs out of ideas or inspiration. It’s a simple online drawing challenge, that’s hashtagged #sbsadrawingaday. I religiously followed the prompts in January but felt the need to come up with my own ideas in February so skipped the prompts.
Here’s the list of prompts in March. You can follow the daily prompts or just pick any to spark an idea:

Joining the challenge is simple. You can share your art on social media (twitter, instagram, facebook) and use the hashtag #sbsadrawingaday. Have fun!


Study Hall: Drawing from Memory

Have you ever been eager to do homework?

At the beginning of this month, in Sketchbook Skool, the kourse called ‘Polishing’ started. I love this kourse for its variety of approaches towards polishing up your skills, getting new ideas and getting out of the comfort zone. While during ‘my week’ last week, I taught about drawing from life, using negative spaces to capture perspective and proportions, this week Mattias Adolfsson is on the other side of the spectrum and shows us how you can use imagination and memories to fill your sketchbook pages with.

As co-founders of Sketchbook Skool, Danny and I often alternate doing our homework for the klasses, but this week we were both eager to use what we learned from Mattias, so we Skyped to share our stories, childhood photos, and the art we made. This is the drawing I made, surprising myself by drawing in a children’s book illustration style. In the video, I explain the story behind it.

Oh, and if you want to join us in klass, you can still sign up for this kourse.
Click here and enroll right away.

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