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I Just Want To Draw - Workbook Pre-Order Offer

Soooo exciting news is afoot.... Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a special pre-order offer.

On October 1st I will be releasing a book. One hundred and eighty pages of art'ing goodness.

Buuut it's not just a book - you also get access to a secret squirrel group on facebook that has video tutorials to help you. (I learn by watching and figured plenty of others would as well). It should be noted that my video skills are pretty much 'zip all', I'm praying to the video gods that I will get better!  

You also get access to a members only area of my website. In this sneaky sneaky little part of the internetty, you'll find resources to help with your art'ing adventures, I will continue to add yumbo stuff as I find it. That includes new activities. There are free colouring pages there, digital art prints you can download and take to a commercial printer. Tips, tricks and technique hand-outs that I've collected over the years and from my time at LeftBank Art Supplies, dealing with suppliers and art product makers.

It all combines to make a seriously cool and informative resource for a beginner artist. Added bonus is you get to laugh at me on video from the comfort of your own home. 

The book is A4 sized (210 x 297mm)ish. Has a heavy duty metal spiral bind, that is prettily hidden by the cover thanks to the geekery awesomeness of Lisa (she who is all things printery related), and that super cool cover is a heavy card with some lush matt laminate for extra strength. 

The good stuff on the inside is printed on 150gsm satin paper. What that means is the pages are THICK! You cannot see the illustrations on the back side. The satin finish is yumbo to draw on too.  

I am a bit biased but she's quite lovely, and bound to be even more so once you get in there and start art'ing on her pages.  

My plan is to stop doing my art teaching classes and host them on the internetty. So when you buy the book, you're effectively signing up to my drawing class but you'll be at home! In your pyjamas, art'ing with me. Awesome sauce. The videos will always be there if you get stuck and one day - when I'm super rich and have onety two million art hangout buddies, the content will all move to  a brand new sparkly website (are you listening universe?)

The book release date is the 1st of October. The book (and alllllll that other internetty content) will be $129.99 NZD.

 

PRE-RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER--- All pre-orders secure a special one time offer of 1 workbook for $99.00. Pre-orders between now and the 25 September will receive free shipping within New Zealand. If you're overseas and want to join in the art'ing pre-release magic I will give you a 20% discount on the book (your shipping will be additional - my pigeons won't fly that far for free).

All pre-orders will ship the first week of October (barring a printing tragedy). To grab this special deal you need to email me: handmethatpencil@gmail.com or get in touch through my Facebook page.

I've included some page photos so you can see some of the yumness on offer within the book. There's exercises, colouring, drawing tips and pages and pages of geek tech stuff to help with layout and design basics. It's everything you'd get to learn if you were sitting in my classroom and a whole lot more! 

I cannot wait to hear what you guys think! 

Let's get creating! 

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Face drawing exercise

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Check out that super chunky, strong binding! 

 

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Colouring pages and digitally created backgrounds for you to draw over, cut up or just stare lovingly at. 

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Squillions of little doodled creatures and things, including tutorials on how to draw wings and fins. 

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Things to copy and trace and gather inspiration from - so much magic!!!! 

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Easy peasy activities you're going to want to try. 

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How to break down bodies so you'll be drawing like a pro in no time. 

Creative Journaling Roundup

Over the last couple months I've had the pleasure of hanging out with some lovely ladies and 'arting' on Tuesday nights. 

Tonight was the final night for this first round of classes. A very quiet night with half our classmates out sick - get better!! It's been pretty special to have a bunch of students go from 'I can't draw' (biggest lie EVER - everyone can draw), to hearing 'Wow! That's amazing!' So cool to be a part of someone's creative journey.  

Over the ten weeks, we have doodled, created patterns, drawn mermaids and my spirit dolls, which are cocooned ladies hanging from branches. Learned the magic that is possible with paint and a scraping motion, practices drawing faces, collages, made little books that fold out and tell one big story.... So much fun! 

Onwards to the next round of classes, for beginners that will be Thursday 3 May. To register just email: handmethatpencil@gmail.com or call in and see Justine at LeftBank Art Supplies. 

 

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Colouring Paper Doll templates

 

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Magic hair!

 

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Beautiful patterns! 

 

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Template transferred to wet strength cartridge paper using graphite transfer paper - a great product for in your artist toolkit.

 

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Tracy is lost in creative process, concentrating hard and Chris is making a watercolour wash with her yumbo Inktense pencils.

 

 

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Choosing the next colour for her watercolour adventures!