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Finding Your Creative Freedom: Start a Sketchbook

teacher avatar Madonna Guinn, Artist and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and Materials

    • 3. Project

    • 4. Sample Sketchbook

    • 5. Making room for your art

    • 6. Benefits of Sketchbook

    • 7. Last thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the class of Finding your Creative Freedom: Start a Sketchbook. In this 16-minute class, you will be encourage, motivate, inspire and learn to experiment your tools and materials whether you are a hobbyist, aspiring artist or expert artist in your filed. 

What you can expect in this class:

  • Basic tools and materials
  • Sketchbook inspiration
  • Starting of what you already have
  • Build confidence
  • Record your art progress
  • Make time for your art
  • Overcoming frustrations
  • Accepting your art flaws
  • Celebrating your achievements
  • Develop your artistic style
  • Learn to love your art
  • Self expression

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Madonna Guinn

Artist and Illustrator


Hello, I'm Madonna! I am a Filipina Artist and Illustrator, a happy full-time Mom of one, and a walking wanderer based in Florida.  My big love for nature helps me to be creative in every way. I love to try to explore different kinds of media like watercolor, gouache, and pen. Most of my work is traditional so don't underestimate the power of your hands.

When I do not paint, you can find me in my garden digging sweet potatoes, or filming for my Youtube drawing channel. I really do believe that being passionate about art takes a lot of patience, effort, time, and allowing yourself to grow in your craft. If you are looking for support and a community that will help you inspired and bring the positive joy of learning, you are in the right place... See full profile

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1. Intro : ever wonder if you can start a sketchbook? Yes. You definitely can high ever y know. Madonna. Minerd, Cilla Strayer. Welcome to the glass of finding your gray and freedom. Start a sketchbook. In this class, you will learn how simple and easy it is to start a sketchbook. I will walk you through simple supplies, how to get inspirations, how to be creative lock and began System this guy this for everybody who likes you being or draw with different art styles. Be a beginner or expert fields. By the end of this class, you will be able to start a sketchbook in no time. Sketch, harping anything that you like. You will understand the importance and benefits of having a sketchbook. So what are you ready for? Rabbits, sketchbook and let's get started. 2. Tools and Materials: if you're just starting in your credit training, having told materialists can be overwhelming, and I'm going to show you something simple tools and materials so that you can start already. So far, the sketchbook I really encourage, not displayed so much. This is simple. You can pick a small one or just a simple one. Return. Why I encourage you to have a the mixed media sketchbook is because if you love exploring with different kind of tools or mitral, it's better to go for it. It makes media something that you already have their That's great, too. So how does the water color said here? Just basic trouble. Pinsent. It's a Windsor in, you know, and it comes already with a small brush. And if you love to sketch with Ben's Ill, you can use whatever a pencil, mechanical pencil artist, a regular pencil, and I usually use highlighter. Sometimes it's not necessarily bad. It's nice to have you can have jelly roll bands, but this one has said Missus White, seen a ball it over Penn's I love my car pens to, but I love the UNIP in Mitsubishi Pens to I have have some variety of sizes there. You can use whatever that you have when it come to when it comes. Suber cious Did you use water? Brush says, And of course was I love to have intermission. I'll do. I love to have traditional brushes on the sides after water and paper towel. And the next video I'm going to show you some example. Uh, my symbol sketchbook today. Used before when I'm distorting. 3. Project : for the glass project, you can upload a subject that you want to paint or draw, and you can use whatever in different kinds of media paid a pen pencil what color are makes me toe. 4. Sample Sketchbook: So today I'm going to show you my one of the smallest catch book that I completed last year . Mrs. Strathmore Office Well journal, mixed Media. I wasn't going to tell you what you should paint or draw in your sketchbook. This, really. But I want you to be inspired that sketchbook doesn't have to require you to be impressive or to be perfect and creating something that means making mistakes along the way and learning from the process. So we may 1st page my roads and co. It's that inspires me. Sometimes when you're feel like her. No painting or drawing enough or your Cem, you just need a some boost. Writings and Co. It's at least was where it twice today. It's really helpful in your great attorney. I'm going to show you some ideas that maybe you wanted to try it for planning to do our start a sketchbook. Go somewhere. Yes, it's true. Take a walk or disco to the beach, for example. So this summer, bitches disclosed, for example, to where you're living in. Why did big some shells or Bay Beach or NEDA Bitch lover? You can visit a botanical cordon or a park there you may find different kinds of flowers. You feel love, Teoh Straight are diddled blends. This artist's really well. Flowers that I I get from front and back occurred of the house and decided to drop him in Penan card with watercolor. So if you're in it into botanicals, you can visit a supermarket or a Sunday Bergen. Yes, there's a lot of vegetables and fruit dead. It's very inspiring to paint and draw and you know you will never know. You will end up to be a forward Ellis Trigger or will love to illustrate for the recipes. This are really mixed media. Some of my drawings, a use where color Patel then, and just the basic watercolor pencil that I have. This is really traveling pence it. So I made sketchbook. You will not hysteria. I don't have a specific to you. For I was rolling. I know what some people when it makes sketchbook. They have, like very simple disease only for like flowers at world is being one sketchbook. So I love to come up with different famous, then tried to apply with different kinds of traveling to other countries are places a great way also to Mr Creativity and for him to explore your tools, materials on being in different place give you a different atmosphere and environment that will help you discover your inner Arte six style. I'll see you in the next video, and I'm going to give you tips on how to give room or plays your art inside a sketchbook. 5. Making room for your art: So today I'm going to start his catch Bite are sketchbook. I have a brick Elise catch bite here, and I'm gonna use this Her point Teoh unip in mission B shade fine line and a Japanese Currituck e bem O J. This is a fine tip brush Been. So if you don't have the resources yet for the nests are tools for your painting, like with acrylic. Give yourself time to be simple. First catch books and Ben or been cell health get you're ready for the big things. I really love flowers. I'm gonna show you my first catch before I get a sketchbook. And I just u s lines. Really? This sketch, I could say that Sketchbook artists catching and trolling Really prepare yourself in big canvas for my second advice. If you already bought a sketchbook or you're wanting to continue as sketchbook, I want you to spend time with it. Make time for your art. This is very important because if you already bought a sketchbook and is just later in a table or your drawers and it's Bender sitting for here, it's hard to sharpen your skills and I'm not sure if you will going to progress with that. So, for example, I have a toddler, and when she sleep or take a nap, I tried to kind of, like, sketch or pained as fast as I can. So sometimes when you were given a short and time, do we just do on your art? It cut out, I think, Alicia, your potential to, um, accomplice stirred in task or a student art and just period of time for the 3 to 1. Stop comparing your sketch. Drawings are a sketchbook to other artists were other creatives. Instead, you can us, this us, your motivation or inspiration to create more and anyone to also to draw from life instead of this always drawing from your imagination. Or this from the photos, which is still loaded from the free websites that has a beautiful photos go out and explore and sketched from life like get up rial flower, real fruit, anything that excites you. I know a lot of artists that day drawer pained from reference photos because it's convenient by it drawing from alive. It's very good for refer creativity, cause you will be able to see more the detail part off the subject like the texture of the leaves. Call her opted pedals something like that. So celebrate also. Every time you sketch or draw me proud of yourself because you're able to do it, see you're in it after what other people we're going to say about your sketchbook as about self fulfillment and feeling accomplished afterwards. And sketchbook is really all about you being Hugh, that being just show it those similar is just being real, you sketchbook. Also, I treat them as a creative group in which you hold your skills and styles, so there's a lot of benefits over having the sketchbook isn. It's just to be showing it's not just to, um, buy it for accessories. It's realized something that is personal. It's something that the finest you I said artist 6. Benefits of Sketchbook: So today I'm going to talk about the importance or some benefits off having or starting a sketchbook for the first storing ISS that you can express yourself. Really? Yes, sketchbooks are very forgiving. You can get messy or major self silly whatever. How you feel, how your emotions sometimes come out. Sometimes you can express yourself through doodling how you feel. You're the shaves alliance that you drawing her in your sketchbook is really just letting yourself out there and just let the great DVD flows quite a second water. There is no rulers, Yes, nobody or even me. I cannot say that. Oh, you can always sketched as you can only draw this so nobody can stop from doing or drawing flowers or anything like that that you're really, uh, like or desire to draw. Since it's no rose, it's a like being free your you know, for your world, do whatever you want with your own sketchbook, and, uh, it's really cool to have, because for me, I think there's no boundary, so the sky is the limit. But I do believe in a world saying that you can draw our bank anything, but you cannot, um do everything. Yeah, I wish you keep on doing your sketchbook are throwing. You can develop your car eighth ib Aceh nordeste, And this is really good for not destroying. It's also a storage for your ideas for Todd's and how you progress in your art. Next, it's a great place for meditation. Sometimes you you're, for example, a freelancer or you are a mother, and you wanted to just have time for yourself or you just wanted to be alone. Have this good a room. Go to quite place or really go somewhere. Were you and your sketch work only together and a shoe, a sketch or draw you will not a stature in your me tentative stage. Yes, we're relaxing. No stress, no pressure. You really don't have to do anything. This letter mind do the drawing or your imagination. It's really calm, and it's very good for it to break its original. Yes, nobody will a copy your sketchbook. I mean, everybody us. It's only hands, and we have differing hands and the way we sketch, even though we try to copy utter people, Um, Scatchard throwing were still something that makes it unique. That makes it original on the last that I'm going to say is being Beijing. Why? Because sometimes when we're sketching or drawing or when we're just starting, there are times that you or what you wanted to Ajaccio realistic style or realistic formal while you're trying to, um, pain or trauma. But it doesn't happen overnight. It takes time. Maybe you were going to experience frustrations along the way. While you're sketching, there will be mistakes. That's why we have Teoh. Except that the first sketch will that be so, so stunning or really like that, especially if you're a beginner. This catch this. Allow yourself to be free there. This thing could have what it goes when you don't have to impress anyone in your sketchbook . 7. Last thoughts : Hi there. Thank you for watching the glass. I hope I encouraged you to start drawing or sketching in your sketchbook today. And I hope I help you. I'm giving you inspiration and I can't wait. Those your projects in glory plays uploaded so everyone can see it. You can tag me also in answering room. If you're still looking for more inspiration or motivation, you can check out, settle my other classes. I want you to believe you're in yourself, that you can draw our baby anything you want and never give up to your creative gene.