I enjoyed both projects for Part one of the course, with project 2 involving learning some new skills, which slowed me down a bit.
I loved doing all the exercises but know that I need to make more of an effort to keep a sketchbook going alongside the coursework. So far most of the work in my sketchbook is related to the exercises. I am still nervous about sketching in public but I am determined to overcome this and start getting my sketchbook out. I do use my camera a lot and have a huge collection of my own photos, which I find inspiring. I have got into a habit of sketching from my photos rather than from life as my photos seem to have so much more in them that I can use. I admit that I find it difficult to understand how sketching is preferable as I do spend a lot of time with my photos and get up very close, inspecting texture etc. I do the same when sketching from my drawings and find that using a macro lens means that I can study the detail of my subjects.
I also find keeping a learning log rather tedious and this is something I need to work on – getting into the habit of jotting down my reflections more immediately. I carry a small notebook around with me but keep forgetting to use it! My plan is to jot down notes as I work, later writing them up into my online blog. The online learning log is a great idea and I find it helps me organize my thoughts and plan my work. I just need to compete it on a more regular basis!
Looking forward to part Two!