Review Week

Lesson 12 will be a Review Week.

I plan to choose 5 sketches from the submitted work (see below for details) to review with comments, analytical thumbnails and markups – and possibly my own watercolour version of the original.  The idea is to simulate a wrap-up session such as usually occurs at the end of my face-to-face workshops. Obviously I can’t review everyone’s work but I will choose 5 works that will best explain the broad range of concepts that we have been exploring during this Foundations course.

To submit your work please email your work to and include the following:

1. Photo or scan of your finished sketch. Please note it must be a sketch done out on location. Week 10 or 11 outdoors prompt would be perfect but any outdoors sketch done during the SketchingNow class is suitable.
2. Photo of the view you sketched
3. One sentence explaining what you what you wanted to record in your sketch
4. One photo of your sketch in the early stages (ie. before you added any colour)
5. Any questions you have or comments on what you were concerned about at the time

All submissions must be received by midnight Pacific Time(USA) Wednesday 4 Feb.  
Lesson 12 will be posted on Friday 6 Feb – two days later than scheduled to allow a little more time for the submissions.

Only 1 submission per person.

Please note:
– By submitting your work you are agreeing to its use for a review in Lesson 12 of Foundations.
– You are also acknowledging that due to the size of the class your work will not necessarily be chosen.
– Works will be chosen because of the concepts that can best be explained by the review and not on the basis of the ‘quality’ of the work. Every work submitted is worthy of a review!
– First name only will be used for the chosen works.
– Any comments on the works chosen will be constructive and gentle. The goal is to instruct and learn from each other. I will be reviewing the work, both of beginners and seasoned sketchers.


  1. Somewhat off-topic, back to materials in fact. Could you recommend a cheap but good ink to use in my spare Lamy safari pen for everyday writing that does not need to be waterproof or archival? I am keen to avoid inks that will gum it up if left sitting unused for weeks?
    (I want to have a medium nib for occasional sketching projects where I use one pen drawing lightly with extrafine nib and one drawing heavily with medium nib, and want to use the medium one as a blue-ink writing pen for correspondence etc the rest of the time rather than keeping it in my kit.)

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