Why create a devoted teacup course?

  • Apr 5.

Up to now after I’ve been requested to do a web-based course simply on Teacups, I’ve replied that I’ve already created quite a lot of educational movies on the subject inside my SketchingNow programs and right here on the weblog.

Nonetheless the extra that I considered it, the extra I realised that there have been some nice causes for creating a devoted Teacup course and I’d prefer to share just a few of those with you as we speak.

1. A step-by-step information to teacups will cowl how you can sketch with edges, shapes and volumes.
Teacups are the proper subject material to sharpen our primary observational expertise from the core ideas inside my Foundations course. We may also have a look at the extra intermediate ideas from Edges and discover other ways of mixing line and form with new examples. The above picture (which I did just a few years in the past) reveals a few of these ideas in thumbnail sketches.

2. There are such a lot of watercolour methods that may be taught and refined by way of sketching teacups
Teacups are good for growing the fundamental expertise of getting the precise ratio of pigment and water in your washes (teacup sketches use a mix of watery, juicy and pasty washes). They’re additionally glorious topics for utilizing extra superior wet-in-wet methods and discovering methods of utilising the distinctive traits of the pigments in your palette.

3. Teacups permit for a steadiness between accuracy and experimentation
I’ve lately developed some new approaches for drawing ellipses (they don’t should be good) and other ways of portray complicated patterns (how you can simplify and create free variations of exact designs.)

I’m realising simply what number of facets there are to teacup sketching!

4. Making a central location for teacup instruction
Teacup (or espresso cup) demos are included all through Foundations, Watercolour, Sketchbook Design, Edges and even Watercolour On Location.  I’ll be re-visiting a few of these demos within the new course (including new insights and critiques) and I’ll additionally create an index of the others in order that will probably be simple to seek out them sooner or later. And naturally, I’ll be doing new demos as effectively!

The Teacups course would be the place to go for every little thing teacups.

And eventually…

5. It’s the proper time to refocus on teacups. 

As I put together the movies for this course I’ve been reminded of how essential teacups have been in my growth as an artist over time. At any time when I’ve tried one thing new (whether or not it’s been an concept, a way or new supplies/instruments) I additionally check them on teacups early on. This sketch is from 2015 after I was taking part in with totally different colored ink strains.

It’s time for a recent have a look at teacups and placing this course collectively is definitely going to try this.

However it’s not simply teacups… Proper in the mean time I really feel as if my creativity is flowing in a particular manner (having fun with a number of combined media experiments and line and form sketches – see right here, right here and right here) and I really feel strongly that that is the results of my connecting once more in a brand new and deeper manner with my favorite topic. Teacups are undoubtedly my muse.

It’s taken time to channel my efforts in direction of this devoted teacup course however now that I see the way it’s coming collectively, I can’t wait to share it with you!

You could be pondering…do you want your individual teacups to do that course?

Whereas it’s not important to have your individual teacups, you’ll get essentially the most out of the course in case you are sketching from life and have a cup that brings you pleasure!

However you don’t have to purchase something. Perhaps you’ve a member of the family or pal which you could borrow just a few cups from. A nice china teacup will not be wanted – any plain cup and saucer or patterned vessel can be used. As well as, contained in the course, I’ll be offering images of the cups I take advantage of for the demos and workouts.

I’ll even be sharing a particular Teacups Choice Information within the coming weeks with everybody on the Teacups Course mailing listing – enroll right here.

I hope which you could see why I’m getting so enthusiastic about this new course! 🙂

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