The Sketchbook Project

Sketch Book Theme "Boys and Girls"

I have finished my sketch book for the Brooklyn Art Library, Sketch BookProject. The theme of my sketch book was boys and girls. Here is a page from my  book. I’m going to tuck it in an envelope and send it off.
Andrew Loomis in Creative Illustration wrote “Creative art begins with creative line. Creative line can only be the line as you see it and prefer to draw it. Projecting literal contours by any artificial means can only result in stifling your most valuable asset- individuality. Draw from copy as you would from life. Have always the courage to “DRAW IT YOURSELF”.  -Andrew Loomis

Sketching takes courage, especially out in public. There is always someone looking over your shoulder. The fear of being judged can cramp your hand and your style. There is also the fear of sketching someone and then having them take a look at the finished project. “Yep, that’s my nose.” But the benefits you get from sketching out way the fears. Sketching helps develop your individual line. The lines becomes  your style, your energy, your signature. Have you ever watched an expert at any task? Whether it is a construction worker troweling cement or a potter working the clay, you can seen their expertise in the finished product. Their hands know how to work effectively. That is what sketching does for the artist. You can practice your line. You can sketch your ideas until you see them blossom before your eyes.




About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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One Response to The Sketchbook Project

  1. Sherry, you are my hero and my inspiration!! Thank you. Yes, I need to get over some of my sketching fears.

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