As an experienced artist, I really enjoyed this class a lot! I found a lot to be inspired by and appreciated Kate's easy, conversational way of presenting the material. I loved seeing her process, her workspace, and favorite materials. I loved hearing about what inspires her. Sure, this was maybe less a "how-to" kind of course, but there is certainly a LOT to take away from this hour and a half or so. I watched course live, so didn't pay for it, but I would recommend this as a good, small investment in your creative toolkit. (I would have just bought it myself except that I just lost my job and trying to save every penny I can!)
I'm writing this review not immediately after watching the class, but a year after doing so -- and the impact on my life has been tremendous. Upon taking the course, I began drawing an everyday object every day, and have kept it up for a year, missing only a few days here and there. At some point, I expanded this to also sketching a great work of art every day as well (usually from an art book I got from the library, and sometimes on a trip to a museum). I don't spend a lot of time at this -- I just do it on breaks from work. The result has been my seeing a lots of things I would otherwise miss -- little details in every day things that I'd never otherwise notice. And that, in turn, has given me a greater appreciation of life, of the the visual world, as well as the amazing art works humanity has created.
Looking back, I particularly value this teacher's point that your drawing doesn't have to be perfect. For me, that's been hugely helpful. I haven't fretted or been stuck or given up -- I simply draw, and in doing so, ALWAYS notice and appreciate details of whatever I'm drawing, whether it's my coffee mug, or a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe.
PS: The drawing has impacted my editing of photos and doing any kind of visual work. I'm much more tuned in to details than I used to be. I may or may not draw better, but I definitely SEE more. And for me that's a wonderful and enriching thing. Cheers!
I took this class after “28 to Make” because Kate was responsible for my favorite week. I’ve been drawing everyday since I started “28 to Make” and wanted to explore further the subject of drawing the everyday.
I watched the full course in just two evenings. Even though it is divided into sections, you can actually watch it on just one sitting because it doesn’t prompt you to do any “home work” for the following section.
Kate is a very funny and engaging communicator, and her interest for drawing is quite visible and contagious. She structures the whole presentation in her personal experience, sharing what she does and why, being always careful to say that there’s no right or wrong way and encouraging the listener to try his own way.
It actually doesn’t feel like a class (this being good or bad depending on your expectation) but more like a presentation intended to fuel your own ideas. So there isn’t a very informational aspect regarding techniques, only a brief explanation of the materials she uses. The same thing regarding the digital enhancing of your sketches using Photoshop, she presents an example but actually doesn’t guide you through any kind of technique.
In the end you may not have actually learned anything new regarding drawing techniques but you may very well be more inspired to draw everyday and to enjoy it immensely. That is a good thing, in my opinion, you just have to know whether it is this what you are looking for.