"…do the hard work of actually getting better at the work."
I never met a class I didn't adore. Well, okay Accounting 101 sucked for the 45 minutes I endured it, but for the most part I freakin' love taking classes.
Community college classes. Online classes. Weekend workshops. Give me a notebook and a lecture and I’ll happily bask in the glow of learning new stuff.
Craftsy is my latest addiction. I've been bingeing on their sketching classes of late.
I admit I have a problem with overconsumption of learning opportunities and under-application of what I learn. Sigh. At some point, I know I have to do the work, apply what I've learned.
A New Skill
I’m learning a new skill—drawing and and keeping a cohesive-looking sketch journal. Since I won't improve without doing the “hard work of actually getting better at the work,” I'm coming to terms with regular practice.
And I've put a moratorium on signing up for new drawing classes on Craftsy so I can apply what I've already consumed like extra Snickers bars the day after Halloween.
I’ve set two challenges for myself over the next year. I'm engaged now with doing the hard work of getting better at the work of both sketching and writing cohesively.
To sketch every day and blog every day.
I want to get better at sketching and writing. But I really want to get better at seeing the world and at expressing myself and at honoring my point of view.
This shit works!
What I didn’t expect is how quickly the work would start to transform.
Craftsy really is the bomb, y'all. Online classes you get to keep forever and watch whenever and wherever it suits you. Here are a few I’ve got in my library. They’re all about sketching, but Craftsy offers lots of other creative media as well. Cake frosting, anyone?
Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor with Shari Blaukopf
Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor with Steven Reddy
Illustrated Nature Journaling with Gay Kraeger
Better Painting with Watercolor with Angela Fehr
Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday with Paul Heaston
I've also got my eye on some individuals who've created courses or platforms. Liz Steel's Foundations comes to mind. I love her style, her Australian accent and the fact that she's one woman doing her thing on the internet.
Also, Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool. He's a master of quirkiness, so I feel a bond.
I'll stop there, though, before I talk myself into buying another course. The best course right now is practice. Doing the work.