For some reason, I don’t mind people looking through my art journals. I don’t know when the idea came to me, but I decided to start a series of videos where I flip through my class journals, the idea being I would go through them in sequence and see how my art change changed and skill progressed.
My first experience with Jane Davenport was her Whimsical Faces video, available for purchase at Cloth Paper Scissors. I subscribe to this lovely journal and found the ad one day and thought, what the hey? I downloaded that video nearly a year ago and haven’t been the same since. I went quite mad drawing faces, thanks to Jane’s brilliant teaching technique. $39.99 well spent, my friend. Jane is an engaging, charming teacher and she makes it very easy and fun to draw.
I went through the Whimsical faces video 2 or 3 times and wanted to learn more, so I googled Jane and found her ning site. She has since moved her classes and you can find out about all of her current workshops here.
Last September, I chose Frolicaholic, for the name. It wasn’t until later that I found the page where Jane recommends the order in which to take her classes. The sequence is perfect for drawing beginners.
Following Jane’s instructions, I made a Teesha Moore style 16 page art journal. Here is the link to the first video. It couldn’t be simpler.
The class has a terrific free-form style. Jane provides journalling prompts and encourages you to follow your own art muse.
Due to a variety of technology issues, it took me longer than expected to shoot and post the first video. In the end, I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone. Pardon the shaky cam. In looking over the pages while shooting and re-shooting the video, I see the glimmer of my style. Rather than embed the video in this post, I’ve made a gallery for my art journals over at Vimeo.
Finally, here it is, the phone version of my class journal for Jane Davenport’s self-study on-line class: Draw Happy 2: Frolicaholic: Frolicaholic Class Journal Tour
I highly recommend Frolicaholic, the price is completely reasonable at $45 and you can use whatever materials you have on hand for the class. You may find out more about the class here.
Jane gives you 1 year of access to each class. I tried to revisit the class before my year expired, but I only got as far as the first lesson. Oh well. I’ll just have to fill the journal up with Mermaid Circus or Radiant Faces!