There are many sketchers who have helped me climb the treacherous learning curve that comes with wanting to learn to draw, but Cathy Johnson, Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel have provided the most advice, inspiration and models for who I want to be when I grow up. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and sketch with Marc Taro Holmes but I’ve never met Cathy or Liz but I feel I know them well because of the internet. All three are ever-present when I’m sketching.
If you’re a sketcher you know Liz Steel but if you’re an economist following an errant URL from Google, Liz is one of the most prolific purveyors of sketching information on the planet. She blogs incessantly, has several online classes that are among the best, and she has a new book coming out called 5-Minute Sketching: Architecture. It won’t be available until October 1st but you can pre-order it as I just did. You won’t be disappointed.
While I’m at it, Liz’s new course, SketchingNow Buildings: Essential Concepts for Sketching Architecture will be starting September 7th. Her courses are packed with information, in video and written form so if you’re struggling with drawing architecture, this 6-week course is for you.
Like you, I have learned an awful lot from these three. I just bought and came half-way through Cathy Johnson´s latest, “Artist´s sketchbook: exercises and techniques…” and I can warmly recommend it for tips and inspiration. I will get Liz Steel´s, too, I could do with some of her magic! 🙂
Cathy Johnson books are always great. At last count I had 11 of them 🙂 — Larry
I pre-ordered it yesterday. I hope it sells really well so we can keep Liz in the free-lance blogging business forever! She is one of my biggest inspirations since I started sketching four years ago.
Arlene Abel Lennox
I agree with your sentiment, Arlene. I sign up for all of her courses, ordered her book, and I do so as much as ‘pay back’ for all the free help she provides our community as anything else. Same for Marc and Cathy. — Larry