Introduce Yourself

Where do you live and what do you?
Have you done much sketching before or are you just starting?
What are your other creative pursuits?
Please include a link to your Flickr account, blog, Facebook page, Instagram, Tumblr etc.

So I’ll go first…

I’m Liz (I think you all know that!)
I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m an architect by profession and worked 20 years on a range of residential and commercial developments, specialising in media projects. I’ve always drawn as part of my work but in 2007 discovered watercolour and started my first daily sketchbook. I haven’t stopped sketching since!

I’m very interested in architectural history and theory and drinking tea out of fancy china teacups… but I’m guessing you all know that too!

You can find me on: Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram and Twitter using the buttons under ‘Connect on Social Media’  in the footer of this website.

Now it’s your turn…


  1. Elaine says:

    Hi…I’m Elaine.
    I live in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and work at Durham College. I look after the processing of new applications.
    Keeping a sketchbook journal is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time. About two years ago, I discovered Danny Gregory and started following his blog, which led me to Sketchbook Skool and Liz Steel.
    I have some environmental health issues which make taking courses in a classroom a challenge so online classes seemed to be the way to go…and am I glad it was.
    Love Sketchbook Skool and looking forwarding to Liz’s classes.

  2. Welcome !!!! Even w/o the Pinky Swear (grin) – you will love this course.

  3. Hannah says:

    Hi, I’m Hannah. Currently living near Seattle, but planning to return soon to the East Coast (D.C.), where I lived for 30 years. I’m a poet/writer ( and knitter ( This year, thanks to Sketchbook Skool, and now this course, I’ve been enjoying rediscovering my passion for sketching and painting.

  4. suzannemc says:

    Hello, I am Suzanne from Washington State, USA. My intention for this class is to actually DO the work. So far, so good. My drawing skills have always held me back in my art journey. I’m late starting and working full time as a college counselor limits my art time, but I plan to follow through with this entire excellent class. I actually pinkie-swore with my husband that we would both spend time each day on our artistic endeavors. Looking forward…

  5. wisecams says:

    I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the USA. I consider myself an “artist in training” and have been taking some online and in person classes during the past year (including Sketchbook Skool where I “met” Liz).

    My goal is to be able to draw more quickly and accurately, to draw daily and to draw in journals when I travel.

    Over the years I’ve dabbled in calligraphy and Zentangle, and during the past year a small group has met at my home once a week to do something artistic/creative. We have such fun!

  6. Katie K. says:

    Greetings all! I am Katie, and am another late signer upper. Took the plunge when I learned the lessons will be available for a year. Born and raised in Southern California, but residing in Phoenix, Arizona, USA for the last 19 years.

    I do a lot of volunteer work with my church and am trying to grow in my art for pleasure and perhaps for profit someday.

    I have always enjoyed drawing, took drawing/painting classes at the College level, but set it aside while raising our 3 boys. After I graduated my youngest in 2011 (we homeschooled) I taught drawing for other homeschooling children for a few years. This was fun, but so time consuming I didn’t have time to do art for myself. So I’ve stopped teaching and have become the student again. 🙂

    I also love music, reading, gardening, and exploring nature.

    My flickr account is here;

    I hope I can catch up and figure out all the technical aspects of the class!

  7. Hi! I signed up at the last minute so now I’m already 5 weeks behind–YIKES! I’m another 3 semester SBS student and have been loving all the classes. I am really excited about this one and just hope I can keep up. I am trying to get oriented tonight and hopefully tomorrow I can watch the week 1 videos.

  8. kjsilva says:

    Hello everyone!

    Talk about last minute! Phew! But I am so glad I made it in! I am very much a beginner. I only started drawing this past summer because I stumbled upon Sketchbook Skool. I started messing around with pen and watercolors and fell in love. I often feel like I don’t know what I am doing . . . because I don’t know what I am doing. I am so new, that I often don’t know how to care for my watercolors or palette. But despite bumbling through everything, I am having fun. In fact, SKB class was one of the few positive things about a very, very stressful last few months. (I started a new job and I am still in graduate school pursuing a degree in Library and Information Science). Oh, sorry! I forgot to mention that I live in Honolulu, Hawaii with my husband.

    I am on Google+ (KJ Silva), Twitter: @kjlsilva, and Instgram: silvak

    Looking forward to this class and learning from everyone. . . if I ever catch up to you all!


  9. Susan101 says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’m Susan Sutcliffe from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Most of my artwork for many years was in clay, but I have been taking Sketchbook Skool courses since last April and am loving it. I really enjoyed Liz’s teaching and think that I can learn so much more from her. I am semi-retired. I no longer work as an occupational therapist, but am still a full time care provider for my adult foster son.

  10. msytang says:

    Hi everybody

    I am Melissa Tang and I live in Sydney. I chanced upon Liz’s website and was inspired to join. I haven’t sketched very much but would love to learn and this seemed like a great foundational course to help me to do so . I am really looking forward to learning and be inspired from others, although having joined so late, I think I will be very far behind. I like taking photographs but nowadays am always struggling with time. This is just one way I hope I can inject some creativity back into my life. Thank you.

  11. Allyson says:

    Hey Y’all, I’m Allyson Roebuck. I live in the Southeast of the USA, Birmingham, AL. I’m a commercial interior designer by profession and do a lot of drawing both by hand and via the computer. I love drawing, always have since I was a kid. The technology shift (introduction of CADD) into the design world kinda took all of us in these kinds of professions away from physcial hand drawing for a while. However, it’s wonderful to see that skill being revived and celebrated again in new ways! I’ve been incorporating more and more hand drawing into my own work for a number of years and enjoy that more and more. Looking forward to working through the course! I’ve been literally swapmed with tenant space designs in the last few months! I saw the announcement of the class and just missed the date but made it now!! I do have a Flicker site where I’ve been posting work. I’ve also just discovered Instagram!! It’s just divine! Not sure how you cite Instagram—but I tried!
    Instagram: allyson_evans_roebuck

  12. Hi, I’m Linda. I live in Seattle, Washington, USA. I’ve very recently retired from my last job which was as an administrator at a university. Before that I did a bunch of other things, mostly teaching and working in administrative jobs. After being convinced for my entire adult life that I absolutely could not draw, a little over a year ago, much to my surprise, I picked up a pen and started drawing. Since I hadn’t drawn since grade school I am very much a beginner and have *everything* to learn. I’ve been in Sketchbook Skool and a couple of Koesje Koene’s classes with some of the other students who are here in this class (~~~~~hi everybody!~~~~ ). I also take photographs and write a little but this recently-emerged passion for art seems to have taken center stage.

  13. urbanlogic says:

    Hi! I’m from Plano, Texas (near Dallas) and heard about Liz via my professor, Jim Richards (from my masters in landscape architecture classes at UTA). I’ve always been interested in sketching but have never done much of it. I’m coming in late but am looking forward to the lessons.

  14. Hi
    I’ve only just joined on the almost last day so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I live in Lane cove in Sydney Australia, a nice leafy suburb and I started water colour painting classes with Jane Blundell back in 2008. I love it, it’s the highlight of my week. I joined the Sydney Sketch Meetup group last year which I also love and I try to get to urban sketchers whenever possible. Late last year I did an architectural drawing course with Liz Steele and got a lot out of it.
    Jennifer, did you go to South Dubbo HS in the 1960s? I knew a Jennifer Foreman there then, she was in the same year.
    Anyway, I better get down to some sketching.

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