Reality Check

I’m still catching up with semester 3 of Sketchbook Skool ( Mattias Adolfsson, an amazing artist with an incredible imagination, gave us the assignment to draw an enhanced version of reality. Drawing from my imagination has always been a stretch for me, but including some aspect of reality made it easier.

I was feeling overwhelmed about the massive amount of veggies I was trying to eat for lunch one day which became my inspiration for the assignment. When I got about half way through the black & white pen sketch I started having regrets…so much broccoli to draw, let alone paint! Nonetheless, I’m really happy with the end result!

Swimming in veggies Swimming in Veggies Color

What would your topic be for an enhanced reality sketch?


Reportage Sketching at the Columbus Zoo

I just finished working my way through Melanie Reim’s class for Sketchbook Skool. She challenged us to complete a reportage (a technique of drawing that tells a story entirely through pictures to give an account of directly observed or researched events) assignment by capturing a story in a public place.

This turned out to be a very challenging assignment! I’m not used to fast loose sketching in public where there’s a lot of activity & movement to capture in a short amount of time. We went to the Columbus Zoo this weekend for Wild Lights & discovered that Jack Hanna was performing live animal shows that evening! We had about 30 minutes to kill before the show started & I took the opportunity to sketch the stage & Jack Hanna signing autographs. I was surprised by how quickly the crowd bombarded the stage as if they were getting autographs from a famous rockstar! There was a stranger sitting next to me who gave me a compliment while I was sketching which is always a nice morale booster.


What has been your favorite public event to capture in a sketch?

Back in the Swing of Things

The past few months have been busy to say the least! We’ve moved into a new house, had a wonderful vacation in Jamaica, & enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving holiday with our family. Needless to say, in the midst of all of that I missed the entire third semester of Sketchbook Skool. It feels great to be working in my sketchbook again! Here’s my first assignment, an illustrated recipe.

Illustrated recipe

How do you maintain your creative hobbies when life gets hectic?