Yesterday I did this sweet, sketchy life drawing (life drawing means drawing from real life, rather than from photographic references) of some of my favourite seashells, on my table.
Just a short, fun session, around 30 minutes of drawing. Playing around with the graphite and also with some magic touches of gold (which I luv to do).
And … I recorded this sweet and short drawing session on video, for a special project I have been envisioning for a long time.
You see …
I have always loved drawing.
As far back in childhood as I can remember, one of my favourite things has been the simple joy of a graphite pencil and unlimited supplies of paper.
Whenever I could. I drew.
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This innate love of drawing turned out to be a long term affair.
To this day, drawing is one of the things that gives me the greatest joy. As time went by, I started also sharing my love of drawing by teaching it. Teaching how to draw has become sort of a life mission for me, because witnessing in so many of my students, how aqcuiring the ability to draw, can be truly, deeply life transforming.
Since I started teaching drawing, I have taught at least 1500 people how to draw. The numbers simply adds up over the years. Both on drawing courses in “real life” and online courses. And I have distilled a lot of knowledge about how to succeed with drawing.
Drawing is a learned skill.
I know that for sure. I have always drawn, but it hasn´t always been easy or smooth sailing. Not in the slightest. But by repetitive drawing and determined skill building, eventuall I got there. And I love to be here, drawing with confidence and peace.
One of the crucial challenges are…
Getting started drawing at all. I have learned that this might in fact be the one of the biggest obstacle at all, when you want to draw. And I´ve worked very conciously with getting over that dreaded fear of the white paper – and the unknown, it signifies.
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For quite some time now, I have had a vision of hosting a drawing retreat, created specifically to open up to the joy of sketching freely and joyfully in daily life.
To just … draw.
Making friends with the white paper.
To develop your personal artist voice and get creative every day.
There is nothing like daily drawing that does that.
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And it is time.
As an intuitive artist teacher, feeling my way into things, I do not know when exactly I will present this retreat. I want to infuse it with the bliss, patience and relaxed approach I want you to experience, and so, I create it slowly intuitively and relaxed.
This Seashell life drawing will be part of this exclusive, intuitive drawing course.
Back in my early days art education, drawing from photo references was not yet really “a thing”, and so, for many years, I drew a lot from life, and I cannot tell you what an eye opener it is. How it changes your perspective on life here on our amazing planet.
And I want you to enjoy that experience too, here in the age of digital. So in this retreat, we will draw in a number a ways. One of them being from life. And of course from references too … the rest is still a secret.
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Here is the thing.
I need your help – with something fun.
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You see, I love to co-create my courses with people.
I would love to create this course with you. And so, it is invaluable for me to hear your stories.
Here in the comments below, I invite you to share your experiences with drawing with me.
It´s central to my life mission to help people learn to draw with joy, and so:
I would love to hear from you in a comment below …
- Your experiences with drawing so far. The good, the bad and the ugly.
- What you would love to draw?
- Why would you like to learn to draw or develop your curent drawing skills?
- Feel free to add more points.
- Tell your story of drawing so far.
Feel free to write intuitively, freely and long form. I will be reading every single word of what you write and I will take your words with me, when I create this course.
Give Away (+ $ 300 in prizes)
To every one, posting an answer in the comments below, I am hosting a give away of:
- One free spot in my existing in-depth drawing course, Drawing Magic Secrets – valued $259 US)
- Two free spots in my upcoming sketching course (the one we´ll co-create)
The 3 winners will be selected in may, after I have read all the comments. The winners will be contacted individually in a reply to their comment.
I will select winners who writes a clear, detailed comment, touching on the questions above.
I am looking so much forward to reading your answers and co-create my new sketching course with you.
DUE DATE for adding your comment in the Give Away is may 1.st 2023
Love, Light and Drawing Shimmer,