Keeping a Sketchbook: A Daily Practice
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Join illustrator and printmaker Mariko Jesse in committing to make a small sketch every day. You only need a few moments, and you can do it anywhere - from your living room to your local park to a vacation in a far-off location. Mariko shows you how she works in three different kinds of sketchbooks - "everyday," "work," and "observational" - depending on where she is and how much time she has to draw. Throughout the month, Mariko switches between pen, colored pencil, ink, and watercolor, and you’ll learn to adapt to using what you happen to have on hand or in your pockets at the time of your sketches. Consider sketching while you're watching TV at home, eating a snack at a cafe, or even chatting in a Zoom meeting for work. There’s no need to worry about style or getting it precisely right. Instead, Mariko encourages you to enjoy the process of drawing, looking at the world in different ways, honing your skills, sketching in public, and the importance of practice. Your sketchbooks are just for you, and will quickly contain sparks of inspiration for future great ideas. 
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Pencils: Mariko uses a Pentel P209 / Pentell TUFF 05./0.9 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead and Tombow mono pencils with 2B, 4B and 6B leads
  • Colored pencils: Mariko often buys single pencils when she travels and mixes and matches brands. Her favorites are Holbein artist's colored pencil, Faber-Datsel Polychromo, and Caran D'ache watercolor pencils
  • Watercolors: Mariko has two small Windsor & Newton travel palettes that she reflils with Windsor & Newton paints or Case for Making paints
  • Brushes:  An assortment of sizes. Mariko uses Holbein, Van Gogh, Royal Talens, Skyists series 118, and Artrend series 11-2
  • Ink: Windsor & Newton (black) and a dip pen
  • Eraser
  • Small scissors for paper
  • Washi tape
  • Plain masking tape in different widths
  • 3M Scotch tape
  • Glue sticks (Pritt Stick, Coccoina, or Yamato rice paste)
  • Collage items like ephemera, stamps, fun papers
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Learn how to:
  • Develop a daily sketching practice
  • Organize your sketches in three different sketchbooks
  • Let go of the fear of perfection or judgment
  • Bring your sketchbooks everywhere you go
  • Take just a few minutes a day to sketch your favorite moments
  • Work with pen, ink, colored pencil, and watercolor
  • Sketch people, objects, and landscapes

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to keep a daily sketchbook
  • 32 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Mariko Jesse
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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E B
Lovely, encouraging style!
4 days ago
olivia lane
I loved it! The water color was my personal favorite.
November 2, 2022
Melissa Mindek
So much inspiration and variety of ways to use a daily sketchbook!! Its so refreshing to break from the mundane and get some great new ideas!!! thank you!!!
October 20, 2022