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Travel Sketchbook : Creative Adventures on the Road

teacher avatar Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

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Lessons in This Class

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      Travel Sketchbook : The Basics


    • 3.

      Planning Your Trip


    • 4.

      What To Draw?


    • 5.

      How To Draw?


    • 6.

      Creating A Habit


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Hello everyone!

Welcome to “Travel Sketchbook : Creative Adventures on the Road”. 

Class Summary

  • Intro
  • The Basics : What travel sketchbooks are all about, and why you don’t need any drawing skills or even to travel outside of your own city.
  • Planning Your Trip : What your should take with you in your personal travel sketchbook kit and why preparing different content sections in advance can be very helpful.
  • What To Draw : A presentation of different types of content you can create in your travel sketchbook.
  • How To Draw : Drawing from life, from memory, and from photos.
  • Creating A Habit : Some final tips for when you feel stuck and uninspired. 
  • Outro

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Margarita Bourkova

artist | dreamer | infp


I'm margaw, a freelance artist based in rainy Belgium. I'm self-taught, and i really believe anyone can draw if they really want to! I created this channel to share my drawing techniques, my personal tips and tricks, and to support others on their creative journey. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if there's a particular technique you'd like me to teach -- i'm always interested in your feedback!

Ballpoint pens are one of my all time favorite art supplies, i really enjoy using them for almost anything : rough sketches, stylized drawings or even photorealistic illustrations. They are easy to find, cheap and, once you've got the hang of it, really fun to use. Sadly, most people aren't familiar with them... that's why i teach several... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello, everyone. Welcome to travel, sketch work, Creative adventures on the road. Even as a broke teenager who couldn't afford to travel outside of the city I was living in , I loved exploring my neighbourhood and keeping records off all my findings and thoughts in the form of judo's photos and words as I grew older and started taking drawing more seriously my trouble. Sketchbooks evolved as well. I now have a huge collection of travels kitsch books that are all different but all represents me and my art journey. No mother, if you travel to a far away country on the other side of the world or if you stay close to home. There's so much beauty in the world around us. I'm convinced everyone's in a child longs for exploration and adventure. Keeping a travel sketchbook will help you become more aware of your surroundings. It will help you improve your drawing skills. On best of all, it will get your creative juices flowing in this class. But did you different ways of using a travel sketchbook? How to plan your trip? What tools you can use, And I'll also share some ideas on art problems that my inspire you. I'll be illustrating this class with examples of my own travel sketchbooks and how you use them to capture my favorite memories from all kinds of trips and adventures I've had in my life so far. By the end of this class, you'll be able to start using your own travel sketchbook to record your adventures big and small. You develop your own method of describing your travel experience, and you create a sketching habit that will help you improve your skills. So buckle up on Let's get started. 2. Travel Sketchbook : The Basics: There are two things about this class that I'd really like to highlight before we begin. You don't have to travel a lot or travel to amazing and exotic destinations to be able to create a travel sketch work, and you don't have to be an exceptionally skilled artist. These are the two main points that, in my opinion, often discourage people from keeping a travel sketchbook. And maybe you feel the same. Maybe you feel like you don't even travel that much, or that your travel destinations are interesting enough. Maybe you're afraid your drawing skills aren't good enough, and I'm here to tell you that none of this mothers travels. Kitsch would can be something you take review on vacation or simply underway to school and work in the subway art of us. Many people enjoy sketching and public transport or simply while wandering in the streets of their hometown. In the same way you can be a professional artist or a beginner. As long as you enjoy the process of sketching the world around to you, all you need is a creative heart and the desire to explore whatever your skill level or the country you find yourself in there always fun and creative ways of keeping a travel journal or travel sketchbook. And in this class, I'm going to show you some of my personal favorites. Your travel sketchbook will be a reflection of your own personal travel style, maybe a lack shopping and relaxing on the beach or trying out new sports. Andi Exploring Nature In my case, for example, my travel sketchbooks usually feature a great amount of museum sketches and drawings of the local phone A and Flora. The good thing about travel sketchbooks is that there isn't one right way to do it. Yes, sketchbook will be a reflection of your own creativity and your passions, and your job is to be as honest and open to the process as possible. That's the reason why your drawing skills don't matter that much. The go isn't to create perfect outworks that are very realistic or even finished. It's about expressing yourself, your feelings and thoughts in the most authentic way possible. So not only are you free to sketch whatever subject you like, you can also sketch it however you like, so substance and form are up to you. Use colors or don't at collages and photos, make Siris of small sketches or feel the whole page. Your divorce 3. Planning Your Trip: What should you take with you your personal travel sketchbook, kid. Of course, a sturdy sketchbook is key. You don't want it to fall apart in the middle of your trip. I personally prefer sketchbooks with hardcovers because they're more likely to protect your drawings. If, for example, your sketchbook falls on the ground on, this happens to me way more often than I'd like to admit Elsa. Consider the type of paper real sketchbook is made off. If you usually schedule of pencils and pens, most types of paper should be fine. But if you prefer watercolors or any type of markers and brush pens, you should make sure that your sketchbook is made of some quality thick and heavy favor. I recommend using mechanical pencils for sketching. There are more precise than most regular pencils, and you won't have to worry about sharpening them went on the road. I also prefer fountain pens to ballpoint pens for a better inflow. If you're into color for sketches, you can use a small painting kit, a water color palettes will brush some tissue paper and some water, and you're all set since I mainly used black pens and my sketchbooks I also like to bring a small set of color pencils to add a touch of color. Onda Alas, but not pleased. You can use all types of scrapbooking tools to express your creativity. Why she tape paperclips stickers. Oh, pictures. Everything's allowed. Your travel sketchbooks content can be completely improvised. You can feel each page with whatever curiosity you encounter on the road. Or you can plan different sections and types of content in advance. The benefits of creating at least a few different sections in advance are huge because this forces you to think about your trip and to think about the kind of things you'd like to see and draw when you're in the middle of your travel on your tired and uninspired. Having just a small list of things to draw can be really helpful. Personally, I like to save the first couple of pages of my sketchbook for a title page where throughout the trip I will keep adding small drawings and collages that, to me represent on summarize my journey. Some people even like to create a table of contents before or after that trip to give the sketchbook organized. I'll talk more about different types of content in the next lesson. That's basically if you're fond of animals, for example, you can save a few pages of your sketchbook for animal drawings. And whenever you meet a new furry friend, you can go back to the specific section and sketched. Um, it's an easy way to keep your drawings organized. Of course, there will be a lot of surprises. Andi, Unexpected events and people that won't fit into the sections have created in advance, and that's OK. Personally, I like to plan just a few sections and types of content in advance, and I lived arrest a chance. After all, travelling is all about being surprised and discovering new things. 4. What To Draw?: Now that we've covered some of the basics, it's time to talk about different types of content you'll be creating in your travel sketchbook. Of course, what you create is determined in part by your travel destination, but mostly by your own creativity and what you're passionate about, so it will be highly subjective. Some people are really into architecture. Andi enjoys getting interesting buildings and street views. Others simply take the past and sketched the people they meet there. So what? You decide to sketch on the travels. It's ultimately up to you, but I'd like to present to you a few different categories of content that my inspire you exploration. Basically, you get to draw things you discover on your trip. I'm a huge fan of drawing problems on drawing Siri's. Maybe you've already had a look of my class about using Siri's to get rid of creative block . So when exploring on my trips, I like to create Siris of different things. Here are a few examples from my sketchbooks. I decided to draw every animal I meet every good meal, the country's currency, or a least what I saw of it. I also drew all the different types of plants. I saw on my trip a series of statues that I liked and some views and landscapes that I fell in love with. As I said before, What you decide to explore is totally up to you. It could be cities, nature museums and galleries. Whatever strikes your fancy, no matter your art style or skill level exploration is all about recording what you see on your travels making a visual inventory of your adventures. Here are some ideas, memories and impressions. This particular type of content is less about recording what you see and more about your own personal experience and how you express it in your travel sketch work. Let's say you're traveling to meet family or friends before or during your trip. You could make illustrated cards presenting who these people are still likes on dislikes or what the relationship means to you for each person after your trip, you can draw your favorite memories from the trip. Andi don't worry about realism or capturing events. How they're really happened. This is about your own subjective experience, so let's your creativity run wild. During my last trip, I decided to frame this personal moments I wished to remember, and I made them look like Polaroid pictures. This particular type of content is all about capturing your personal experience of people, places and events. Concepts. This is not specifically about things you saw or did. What's more about feelings or ideas that got you excited about your trip? Here's an example from one of my recent trips. It was my first time going to Asia. Andi, also my first time crossing the equator. I was really excited about that. And the way I found to express this was the draw, this map of the Saban atmosphere sky with all this foreign constellations I had never seen before, It wasn't something I experienced, per se, but more of a phone concept that got me inspired. This is also another example of creative content I prepared in advance. I had this idea a few days before living, so I had to time to prepare the Devil Page spread, research some constellations and make a quick preliminary sketch. And then when I was in the plane and pat about 15 hours to kill, coloring the sketch was a nice distraction, just like with the previous types of content. This one is highly subjective and doesn't have to reflect reality in any way, expressing emotions and thoughts in an abstract or surreal wake and deliberating useful Andi, not so useful information, maps, addresses, any useful or not so useful information in the form of drawings. I also like to record slogans I see and hear or any other information that catches my attention. It's all part of this huge and weird collection of things and memories I take home with me . 5. How To Draw?: as I mentioned before, your our style, the tools we use and the subject you decide to represent on paper are totally up to you, and you shouldn't feel like there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. But in this lesson, I'd like to talk about three different ways of drawing in your travel sketchbook. Drawing from life drawing from memory on drawing from pictures. Drawing from life, I'd say, is the most common way of using your travels kitsch book. You see something interesting or you feel like expressing your state of mind regarding a person or an event so you just open your sketchbook and you draw it. Growing from life is a wonderful exercise because it will teach you how to turn three dimensional objects into two dimensional drawings. You will learn a lot of hours perspective and lighting. In short, it will really improve your observation skills. Drawing from memory is also a great way of improving your observation skills. It might feel a little bit difficult at first, especially if you've never done it before. I recommend starting by sketching things you saw recently, so the picture is still fresh in your mind. It's really convenient when you see something cool, but your sketchbook isn't within easy reach. Try to remember the general shapes of the think you'd like to draw. Don't focus on the small details, but more on the proportions and the shapes in front of you. Drawing from photos is the most convenient way of illustrating your adventures, especially if you don't feel comfortable using the other two methods. I used to only draw from photo references before I felt ready to try drawing from life and from memory, so there's absolutely no shame in it. You can, for example, spend the day exploring your CD, taking pictures of people and buildings and then just stop at a coffee shop and use your pictures to draw in your travel sketchbook. Finally, I'd just like to mention that these three techniques apply to any of the different types of content we talked about earlier. People objects building you encounter on the road from memories and impressions or even abstract concepts. I never feel like drawing from a picture after you get back home is cheating because it absolutely isn't your deal on setting the rules, and you should get rid of any belief that prevents you from having fun 6. Creating A Habit: Here is some final tips that I hope can help you overcome creative block and form a sketching habit. Find things that will inspire here to draw, find the subjects that excites you the most and sketch them. It may be sketching people in the street, beautiful landscapes, your favorite Candies or memories from concerts, galleries or movies. In my case, plants and animals always make me want to grab my sketch work. I love sketching them. It really makes me happy and excited. If I don't have the time to stop and sketch an animal, I will simply take a bunch of pictures that I will then use as reference at a later time. Even if you don't feel like drawing. Use that feeling. How does our block make you feel? How do you visualize this concept, your creativity being blocked, Think about it and try to express it with a drawing. Accept the fact that sketching on the road is going to get messy and that's okay. You can control everything. You might not be able to feel your whole sketchbook and one trip, and that's fine, too. This might even encourage you to go out more and to explore your city. Don't be afraid to combine drawings and other types of self expression. It's your schedule, your experience so you shouldn't feel like they're rules you can break. Feel free to add some proceeded drawings, photos and postcards, pressed leaves and flowers and so on. If you ever feel stuck and uninspired, ask yourself this questions. Where did you go? How did you get there? What did you do? Who did you meet and what for the personal thoughts and dreams your heart on the way there , etcetera. 7. Outro: Thank you so much for watching this class. I hope you enjoyed it as much as injured. Creating what? Do you have a coming travel plans for? Not I encourage you to keep a sketchbook with you and to recall your adventures in the ways that speak to you the most. You're free to share your drawings of the class by creating a new class project. I'm always happy to see your creations. Don't forget to follow me. So you want me to. My next class is and you can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram. See you soon.