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This is the 2nd installment in my 3-part series about Sketchbook Skool. Read Part I here. Next week's newsletter will focus on Father's Day. Part III will appear in the June 23rd issue.
My third and fourth weeks in Sketchbook Skool were both fun and informative. My teachers were Brian Butler and Lynne Chapman. (I've shared their bios from the Sketchbook Skool website, below.)
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Brian Butler is a freelance traveling illustrator based in Miami.
He's a designer and sketchbook journalist known for his mural paintings.
Visit Brian's website, Instagram and Tumblr.

Lynne Chapman was my teacher for the fourth week.
Lynne is a correspondent for Urban Sketchers and an award-winning illustrator with over 30 children’s books to her credit.
Her book Sketching People was published in 2016, and she lives and works in Sheffield, England. Visit Lynne's website.
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Brian's first assignment was for us to make 1. a list of adjectives, and 2. a list of nouns, and then pair them randomly and draw the result. For some reason, I ignored the rules, chose the words 1. Brian and 2. Butler, and posted a caricature of the teacher instead.
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I was labeled 'cheeky' by a few students (presumably from the U.K.) and realized that—after all these years—I'm STILL getting in trouble in school!

But I ultimately returned to complete the assignment, and this time I chose my words more carefully…
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…and had fun drawing the combinations.
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This lesson reminded me of an exercise I used to do with other illustrators on Twitter called 'Twoodle,' which I'll write more about in a future newsletter issue.
In Week 4, Lynne Chapman taught us how to make 'concertina' sketchbooks by folding a sheet of watercolor paper like an accordian. I even learned about a brand of English watercolor paper I plan to try, and I learned about it not from the teacher, but from another student.

I sketched a back yard basketball court for Lynne's homework assignment, and—though I completely messed up the perspective—I was happy with the final result.
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This drawing was done on one of the concertina sketchbooks I made. Speaking of which, the concertina link above is to an Urban Sketchers video that features Lynne discussing this unique style of sketchbook. Her video led me to another video that featured urban sketcher Liz Steel, who also happens to be a Sketchbook Skool teacher. (Small world!) Anyway, I visited Liz Steel's website and discovered that she loves to draw tea — so I decided to give that a try, too…
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…and now in addition to coffee, I think I'm addicted to drawing tea!

By the way, the illustration of the trailer at the beginning of this email is kind of a combination of everything I've learned so far in Sketchbook Skool: Crosshatching from Danny Gregory, drawing on location with Nina Johansson, choosing random things to illustrate from Brian Butler, and urban sketching from Lynne Chapman. Before this course, I'm fairly certain I would have passed by that trailer without giving it a second thought.

To learn more about Sketchbook Skool, visit their website.

Next week's newsletter will focus on Father's Day, but in the following issue, I'll tell you about my 5th and final week at Sketchbook Skool.

Until then, it's back to the drawing board!
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–Danny Gregory
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1. Best Sketchbooks: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide For Artists.

2. The art of reading tea leaves is called Tasseography, and here are 50 other tea facts every tea lover should know.
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3. Here's an interesting and inspiring article by sketchbook artist Liz Steel: 10 years ago I couldn't use a paint brush: How I got started sketching.

4. Study of Drapery over the Knees of a Seated Figure, Fra Bartolomeo, c. late 1400s. (I wish I could say that I drew the illustration below; I did not.)
5. Zooming into Italian Masterpieces. Try it for yourself, here.
"In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different."
–John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
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“Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept.” 
―Frances Hardinge
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Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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