I pay good money for art instruction and inspiration--purchasing books and magazines, enrolling in classes and workshops
, and even my once-in-a-lifetime (thus far!) retreat experience.
So I don't feel quite so badly about focusing for a post on some freebie resources
that I have accessed, which you can access as well. I can be a bit of a miser at heart, so finding high-quality, inspiring, and instructive resources for free
can really make my day!
Just yesterday on Facebook, a post appeared for Sketchbook Skool
, which seems to have been created and facilitated by the wonderful Danny Gregory
and Koosje Koene
. While there are many different Kourses (they love to spell everything with the letter "k"!) available for purchase, this Facebook post offered a free eBook
entitled, Create with Love: Ideas to Share Your Love Creatively
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Nelleke Verhoeff
offers fun ideas like creating faces from hearts, and incorporating them into collage-style postcards; doodling with lips and kisses; creating a "personal pie" (you'll have to see the eBook to understand!); creating sticky note love doodles and a love garland. There are projects for poems and patterns, as well as alphabets and abstracts. All fun, all free
After I signed up and received my free
eBook, I received an email inviting me to take a free Sketchbook Skool Kourse
. It didn't take long to watch through each of the lessons, and with the unlimited access, I can go back and take my time, working through the exercises that were presented. There is a fun exercise about recording your day in the style of a comic book, instruction on sketching using negative space, as well as instruction on continuous line drawing. These are all great exercises that could keep a beginner sketch artist (and a veteran, too, I would imagine) busy for quite some time as they began a "sketch habit."
The Sketchbook Skool blog
also offers a variety of free
inspiration and instruction through the text, pictures, and videos incorporated into its posts.
Finally, I made a list of all of the instructors mentioned throughout the Sketchbook Skool web site
, and discovered that plugging them into a YouTube search uncovered hours and hours and hours worth of free
videos offering their instruction and inspiring looks at their own sketchbooks.
I think it is very important to support art instructors' effort to offer quality instruction through their for-sale products. But I also know that costs can sometimes be prohibitive for people who want to explore different or unfamiliar fields of art or creativity. I continue to be excited about all of the
resources that these same talented and dedicated artists have made available for us for the low cost of an Internet search.
I just couldn't keep these free
resources to myself!