I’ve gathered a great list of resources that can help you with sketching.
In this list, you’ll find free and paid resources.
Free resources: these are free YouTube lessons, info, and inspirational Instagram feeds to get you warmed up before the challenge. Paid resources are Craftsy courses, books, and materials that I use myself and recommend using.
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Here are some of the books that I have. They give me a dose of inspiration when I need it and provide me with the nessesary knowledge and motivation when I feel stuck.
Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory is the one to get if you don’t know where to start. You know when they say that if you don’t have the time to maditate you need to meditate. Well Danny Gregory has the same approach to sketching. And I completely agree with him.
I have this little Fauxdori Case that I made myself with the little booklets I got for free with a magazine that I’ve bought. I carry it everywhere with me and if I have just 5 minutes and inspiration strikes I can make a sketch and do the coloring later.
This book is very small and very easy to carry it in your bag. It’s a fast-read. If you want it you can read it in one evening and reference it when you need later on.
An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory. By now you know I’m a fan right? This is an awesome book to just get to know some fellow souls who love to create. But also to take a look inside their sketchbooks!
Creative Lettering and Beyond by Walter Foster Publishing. This is a good book if you want to add some lettering to your sketches. It adds something special to the sketch and makes the sketch that more personal. And it’s also a workbook so you can practice. But overall it’s just a fun and inspiring book full of ideas and techniques.
I’m in love with the Craftsy app. First of all, let me tell you that this is one the greatest apps I’ve ever downloaded on my iPad. Because you can buy classes in the app and you have them for life! And they also have lots of awesome free classes!
I’m currently enrolled in this Mixed Media: pen, ink and watercolor class.