Wednesday, January 05, 2011

new online class- sketchbook delight and giveaway!

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Ok friends, for the last year you have been asking and I finally made it happen- a class completely dedicated to sketching. By now you probably know that drawing/sketching is something that I am passionate about and I think every creative person- no matter the medium- MUST learn and work at consistently.


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The most basic you can get is to draw and it is the simplest (cheapest) and most pure process you can incorporate into your daily creative routine. For some reason it has always reminded me of running- you can take it anywhere, it is free, simple, requires lots of discipline, doesn't always feel good and the more time you spend doing it the better you get.


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Drawing/sketching has been with me my whole life, it has been a faithful companion that has challenged, comforted and brought me joy. But with the onslaught of technology, distraction that comes with life and the discipline that it takes, often it is difficult to be consistent. Now is your chance to carve out some time, learn the basics and discover the joy and delight of sketching! For a peek inside my own sketchbook click here


In addition to launching registration for the class today I am giving away 3 free slots- scroll all the way down for info :)


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Its time to get back to basics! Time to enjoy the simplicity, the growth and the delight that comes from drawing and sketching. This online class will introduce you to keeping a sketchbook, finding the right tools for your process, learn how to sketch and draw with a variety of simple techniques, easy exercises that will help you to find your own unique sketching style, interviews and advice from a variety of artists who love to sketch, ways to find inspiration out in the world (and off the computer), realistic ways to carve out time to exercise your sketching muscle and so much more.

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In addition to launching registration today, I am also giving away three FREE spots in the class!

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Tell me your favorite subject to draw/sketch

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436 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to take this class but unfortunately don't have the cash to make it happen right now. Crossing my fingers that I can win a spot!!

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  2. What an awesome giveaway! I love to sketch things from nature- trees, fruit, clouds . . .

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  3. oooo. good stuff. I like to sketch faces, random designs and decorative words.

    xo

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  4. Great giveaway! I hope I can win a spot in the class. I love to sketch my dog! Also, just doodling random shapes and patterns ;)

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  5. My go to sketch is eyes. I would love to be a art of this!

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  6. I tried sketching for the first time yesterday and while I'm just horrible at it, I'm hooked and want to learn all I can.

    The class sounds amazing. Thanks for offering it and for the chance to win.

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  7. i love to draw but actually don't think i'm all that great. i think this is probably just what i need!

    i especially love to draw my dog. and vintage clothes and jewelry. #fingerscrossed

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  8. Your sketchbooks are delightful, Alisa!! I LOVE to look @ them. Beautiful works of art on their own.

    I just sketch whatever happens to be around me....sort of like Dan Gregory.....but my MOST 'favoritest'thing to sketch is my Chihuahua, Chalupa...

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  9. I don't do much sketching because I lack the skills. So here's hoping I win a spot in the class! I do have fond memories of hanging out with my brothers sketching bizarre monsters and compiling them into a book when I was a kid.

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  10. Really just learning to sketch, just started a sketchbook/journal in the fall. I look to your blog for inspiration. Would be so happy to win a spot in your class.

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  11. Wow, this class sounds amazing! I sketch everyday items as I come across them, and I love sketching architecture as well. Lately I've been feeling kind of stilted in my sketchbook, so I would love to get some new inspiration!
    -Cyndie

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  12. What a wonderful giveaway!!! Sharing art love :]
    I enjoy sketching objects using a free-form style, then adding playful colors with patterns.

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  13. I like to sketch nature..Different things in nature..Whole landscapes too..Love sketching more than everything..I also sketch all bigger planned paintings and craft works..Usually I just go for them but sketching is good sometimes..:D

    Hugs,
    Mirja from Finland

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  14. So inspiring! I love to sketch flowers, and anything really that has to do with nature,But am also a big fan of writing words over and over. Sketching is a great way to look closer and see the beauty of the things that many of us overlook on an everyday basis! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  15. This class sounds so amazing! I love to sketch from my everyday life.

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  16. I love your blog and all the inspriation, so winning a class would be awesome....i love to draw faces!!

    C

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  17. funny I just registered for this class before I saw this post! Well I;ll leave a comment anyway...I love to sketch dogs and doodle shapes. I am so excited for this class and always so curious as to how other artists work. Thank you for the chance to win a slot into you class! I look forward to class ♥

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  18. Dale Anne Potter10:13 AM

    I love drawing trees and buildings, trying to push myself the past few months to draw faces....NEED to get into the routine of daily drawings.

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  19. Nature is absolutely first! Thanks for a chance to win this great class! xo

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  20. I'm so excited about this! I like to sketch small details of everyday items...like the patterns that make up the larger design....

    I have loved seeing pics of your sketchbook since day 1 and was thinking about how I just want to frame some of the pages and hang them throughout my home!

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  21. Wonderful subject - sketching anything, anytime. One of my dreams - on a terasse, with a good coffee/tea, taking time to look at people, buildings, streets, imagine their histories and sketching with nice watercolors. Thank you, Alisa, for not letting this remaining just a dream! Alina

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  22. awesome giveaway. i mostly like to sketch the outdoors - landscapes, flowers, trees, various things in nature. i would love to find my groove - stay more focused and consistant with my sketches. smiles, m-

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  23. hmmm i'm kinda scared of sketching/drawing. i'm trying to overcome this fear :). when i'm feeling brave i like to draw silly abstract faces.

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  24. I'm currently unemployed so winning a spot would be awesome. I usually like to sketch women's faces, the eyes, nose and mouth are always different and add personality.

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  25. Oh EXCITING! I sketch randomly - lots of flowers, random designs, zentangles, faces...

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  26. When I do get the nerve to sketch - One of my favorite things to draw are trees with things sortof 'hidden' in them. Also houses, birds...and what I like to call 'henna inspired' doodlings. Which reminds me I haven't cracked the sketchbook in a long time! Or incorporated color like your wonderful blog. I am chicken!

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  27. Oh my goodness this class looks amazing! I am just learning how to draw/sketch, so this would be absolutely perfect!

    I love to sketch nature and abstract designs!

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  28. I wish I took more time for sketching and journaling on a regular basis. Most often, I find myself doodling random swirl or loop patterns or floral/paisley designs, plus the occasional critter - birds and such. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. Wow! I love to sketch people and flowers the most. Thanks for such an awesome opportunity! Good luck to all!

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  30. WOW! I'd love to take your class! I have gotten away from sketching and more into mixed media but when I do draw, it's usually birds, houses, nests, and wings of any kind. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. I don't have a favorite thing to sketch, because I haven't done it in years! After two babies, I'd like to get back into the groove of being "artistic," but don't know where to start. Hopefully, your class can help me! (BTW, I love reading your beautiful blog :)

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  32. I would LOVE to win! I usually sketch dogs because the kids love them.

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  33. Well... I have always aspired to be a sketchbook kind of person but I can't draw for beans! If I could, I would draw leaves and flowers and maybe fairies! Or maybe I would draw higgeldy-piggeldy buildings climbing up the side of a cliff in Italy, or maybe feathers and shells like yours. Mushrooms and other fungi and lichen are cool, too! I don't know, the sky is the limit when you can actually draw!

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  34. I would SOOOO love to win a spot in this class -- I wrote to you recently to tell you how you inspired me to buy the watercolors and just do it, and I have so much to learn. Your tutorials have been perfect for me, so I know your class would be . . . well, perfect.

    I love to do representational drawings of flowers and leaves, and I'm now hooked on Zentangles.

    Fingers crossed . . .

    Diane

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  35. Hoping to be one of the lucky 3!!!! I love to draw, intrigued by bugs, birds and all things that have natural beauty!

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  36. this is great! i love sketching faces and doodling but need more practice.

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  37. This is the class I have been waiting for! I love how you use your sketchbooks, something I have never been great at. I'd be excited taking any of your classes but this one...I can't wait to take this class!

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  38. my favorite things to sketch... hmmm... i'm sorry to say that i don't sketch much. i used to draw, but don't really anymore. but when i am doodling i doodle flowers, vines, trees, happy faces, horsey faces, hearts. happy things. this class sounds so wonderful!!!

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  39. jabbott10:37 AM

    i like to sketch my child,but she does not sit still long!

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  40. I love to sketch regular everyday things - it helps me focus on what is around me all the time. I also love the sketch in the desert here in Arizona - so much raw beauty and stunning colors. Thanks for your great blog!

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  41. Gulp! Have to leave a favorite? I don't have one. Actually, I rarely sketch due to the childish nature of my drawings (we're talking stick figure). Perhaps this class will help me gain confidence?
    I have drawn my children sleeping and trees but mostly I doodle.

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  42. Great giveaway, thanks so much!
    I enjoy sketching my children - and our cat of course!

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  43. I plan parties and sell baked goods. When planning a party I like to sketch out what the finished product will look like to help give me an idea of what areas to focus design on. I also love to sketch food that I see while out and about. I would love to get better at it and learn the basics.

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  45. oo, cool class! I've always enjoyed seeing glimpses of your sketchbook on your blog! I love to draw from my imagination rather than real-life items. Just whimsical characters and fantastical lands...haha...in my dream world I guess!

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  46. I really really want to start sketching, but I'm horrible at it. I enjoy doodling nature inspired objects. I'd love to attend this class.

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  47. I'm more of a doodler than a sketcher, so I would love to learn the basics of keeping a sketchbook!

    I mainly doodle paisleys, birds, and flowers. Beyond that? I'm excellent with a stick figure.

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  48. I am trying to draw a bit more but its still at the doodling stage.

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  49. Anonymous10:46 AM

    I "discovered" sketching this year and I love it. I would like to know how to do it properly. Currently I draw fairies, monsters and aliens - no one can tell me they do not look like what they are ment to be......as no one has really seen one!

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  50. I hope I win a spot, 5 kids leaves no extra money. I look at your sketches, and I wish I was that creative. I mainly doodle shapes and flowers, while I am sitting on the phone. I would love to be able to be that creative, I think I really need it!

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  51. Lisa B.10:47 AM

    Started sketching again last year after many years away from it. My education is in interior design (CSU alumni I love when you visit Ft. Fun!) so I love to sketch architectural elements and everything in nature- lots of flowers and leaves! Class sounds great!

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  52. Jayne Williams10:47 AM

    sorry I published the comment with out my name doh!

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  53. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Thanks for offering your generous giveaway. I draw daily and always seem to go back to the human face. Love the joy that drawing brings me!
    Jan H.

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  54. I want so much to start sketching! Your sketchbook is so creative and motivating for me to try! I want to learn and sketch my favourite theme,sea glass and sea shells!Please include me in your drawing!AriadnefromGreece!
    ariadnesky@hotmail.com
    http://AriadnefromGreece.blogspot.com

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  55. Houses and flowers are my favorite sketch subjects. I'd love to learn how to sketch and use those Sakura watercolors I gifted myself for Christmas after seeing a page from your sketchbook her on your Blog. Your techniques aer fabulous, Alisa!

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  56. I love the idea of being able to comeand go/create in my own time. I agree it is often hard to find the time to create something and drawing/sketching/doodling sure does come in handy to keep me sane sometimes. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  57. I would love to win this class! I asked Santa for the Koi watercolor kit you suggested and winning the class would be the perfect jumpstart! I usually just doodle shapes but I am doing Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab book to help me get better!

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  58. I love this class!! Who wouldn't want to win the giveaway?! I like to sketch faces mainly. But I also like to sketch furniture and other inanimate objects around the house.

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  59. Ohmy, it has been ages since I've done some sketching. This online class could just be thing I am looking for to get into it again. I simply love to sketch little pieces of nature or architecture...
    Now I am keeping my fingers crossed and thank you so much for this opportunity.
    Irma

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  60. i am a "doodler" love to sketch random shapes and stuff... would love to take your class!

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  61. hi alisa!

    I am so excited about this class and would plan to take it regardless if i win a free class or not - IF i had the cash. i'm broke though so I'm really hoping i win! I haven't really set my mind to sketching in a long time - since art school really. and i could really use the push! what do I love sketching? my loved ones, clothing, toys, landscapes, nature...you name it!

    -grace
    rsmryx at gmail dot com

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  62. I don't have a favorite subject to draw/sketch as I don't do this on a regular basis. I doodle during meetings and conference calls so your course would be a great way to move me to next level.

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  63. I don't have a favorite subject to draw/sketch as I don't do this on a regular basis. I doodle during meetings and conference calls so your course would be a great way to move me to next level.

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  64. I love to sketch animated versions of my three kids. I'm not very good, but love to capture holidays, special events, milestones in this way. I'd love to get better and have a special gift for them when they are grown.

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  65. What a generous giveaway! My favorite thing to sketch are "girls". I am the the mother of 2 teenage boys and am constantly drawing girls.....must be the daughter I never had! Mary Ann

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  66. What a generous giveaway! My favorite thing to sketch are "girls". I am the mother of 2 teenage boys and I guess I draw the daughter I never had! Mary Ann

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  67. Thanks for your generous giveaway! My favorite thing to sketch are "girls". I am the mother of 2 teenage boys and am always drawing girls....must be the daughter I never had! Thanks, Mary Ann

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  68. I know I need to practice, practice, practice, but I don't. I like to draw nature things, flowers. I'd like to learn to draw birds.

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  69. Oh yay! I love your sketchbooks!! My favorite things to sketch are mythical/fantasy/ancient scenes (goddesses, temples, Egyptian, Ancient Greece, etc.)

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  70. I have always been very crafty, but want to learn more on the artsy side. Love to sketch girly things like hearts and flowers and trees and paisleys.

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  71. I would love the opportunity to win a free spot in your class! I like drawing trees, flowers, birds, houses... and it would be great to improve my skills!
    marisak.dg(at)gmail.com

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  72. What a great giveaway! I love to draw children, faces, birdies,,,and of course bunny slippers!

    Thank you for your generous offer!

    Tara

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  73. this looks amazing, ive tried starting sketchbooks many times but i always want them to look perfect and take forever over a tiny little drawing, and so i never follow through with them.

    Probably my favourite thing to sketch is flowers because they're always about and are really colourful and quite quick to sketch.

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  74. Wow. I'd love to win a slot. I really ought to buy a slot. Maybe I will if I can manage it. Hope I win though.

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  75. Ohhh my!!! what a great giveaway!!! My favorite subject are flowers, orchids to be exact. They fascinate me. Thank you for the chance to win =D

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  76. I typically don't like to sketch because I'm not very good at it, but I once had a boss tell me about the "100 Times Rule." He said, if you do something 100 times, by the end, you'll be able to do it pretty well. No more excuses, even if I don't win, I might just have to take this class. When I do sketch, it's usually just stuff around my house, old Tim Horton's coffee cups, my kids, whatever is there. Love this blog. <3

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  77. I like to sketch ceramic designs, and jewelry that I want to make. I would love to take this class!

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  78. I am excited about this class. How fun! I really love to sketch faces and doodle but I would love to be able to kick it up a notch.

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  79. I'd love to win a spot, and if I don't I'm still doing this class!!!

    I love to sketch faces, jewelry, and to doodle random henna inspired shapes...

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  80. oh! Alisa thank you for the chance!!! would looove to win this one!!! my favorite subjects are rainbows, skies and butterflies!!!

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  81. Whoa. I JUST told a friend that I am having a hard time getting back to sketching. I used to sketch for hours every day when I was younger...now I stare at my new sketchbook...I need help! Maybe I'll win this class. I have always loved your work and your creative inspiration. Thank you for sharing...Kath

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  82. My favorite subject to sketch is a still life set up although I love to go outdoors and sketch a beautiful landscape too. Thanks for offering a slot in your class...I hope I get lucky ...

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  83. Thanks for the wonderful give away! I like to sketch ideas for my fiber art and I get inspiration from nature - trees, rocks, patterns of the wind on snow, lichen, bark and the texture of natural surfaces.

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  84. What a great giveaway!! I would LOVE to take a sketching class, but with a a baby on the way I just don't have the extra cash. Right now my favorite sketching topics are project ideas, from things I'd like to make to nursery ideas. I also can't get enough of my ridiculous cat, Spike.

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  85. I like especially draw natural subjects which seem very simple but full of details when we look better at it. Shells, leaves, branches, flowers, etc.

    Your class seems very cool!

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  86. To take your class would be fabulous! I find myself doodling alot and I seem to end up doing faces, flowers and eyes. Would love to become more polished with my subject matter and techniques!

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  87. I don't sketch that often, but when I have, it's either sitting in a café and drawing the people around me, or out in nature, so anything that "grabs my eye". Cheers and happy new year from Barcelona!

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  88. Would love to take this class! Winning a spot would be even better! I loved to sketch eyes & trees... but for Christmas stepped out of my comfort zone & did portraits.

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  89. Your blog has inspired me to start cooking and my hubby got me a sketch book & Koi watercolor set for Christmas! I have been sketching every night, I forgot how relaxing it it! Would love to take your class!
    -Art teacher from Missouri!

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  90. I love to sketch flowers. I LOVE your sketchbook style and HOPE to win!!! Pick me! Pick me! Please :)

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  91. Hi! Dreaming to learn drowing nature...

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  92. Hi Alisa! Love your blog... you give me so much inspiration! =)
    I love to draw silly animals and charcters... I think it would be fun to be children's book illustrator! But I also love drawing anything from nature... in the summer I like to be at the cabin...sitting my the lake drawing or paiting!!
    This class looks so yummy! I'm dieing to be apart of it!

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  93. I would love to take a class with you . My favorite thing to sketch is Faces. I love faces :)

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  94. I love your work and wish I will get one of your workshops as my birthday gift. if no body will buy me i will buy it to myself! I would love to sketch nature.....not original i know.....

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  95. What a great looking class! I always try and sketch but the topic I always fall back on is my cat (normally sleeping) and eyes, always eyes!

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  96. I've given up on the idea that I can draw ANYTHING a long time ago, but reading your blog has inspired me to doodle a little bit. I started on flowers, but drawing from real life object is hard, so I'm only copying pictures (and your sketchbook!) for now. Here's hoping I can win a spot!

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  97. I signed up for the class -- as soon as I saw it something inside me said "this is IT" -- I used to love to sketch and draw and haven't for such a long time...this couldn't have happened at a better time for me.

    I love flowers and I'm always doing basic ones and would love to do something more intricate. I love dresses and used to do my own designs (not that I ever sewed them!!) as a young girl. I think I so very much need to get back to that.

    What a lovely offer to give away 3 classes!

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  98. I would LOVE to take this class and blog about what I am sketching! My favorite things to sketch are trees, flowers and birds!
    Sophie

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  99. What a great idea. As an avid scrapbooker and jewelry maker, I've always been the creative type but have never been able to draw! Those are some of my favorite posts on your blog. It amazes me what you are able to do. Keep those posts coming!

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  100. Oh boy, I am really really praying to win this. I am a homeschooling mama to 2 girls, so funds for me to take classes are usually non-existent. I love sketching botanicals, and nature items. I am hoping to someday be able to draw faces or the human body. Thanks for the chance!

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  101. I don't draw as often as I would like but when I do make quick sketches, it's usually of my cat or every day objects like tea cups, fruits, etc.
    Sophie
    sophietousignant [at] videotron [dot] ca

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  102. Oh my! I would love to win a spot in your sketch class. You are one of my favorite "sketchers". I LOVE to sketch anything that isn't faces (which means I should probably be sketching more faces).

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  103. I love looking at your sketch book - it's absolutely gorgeous. I have big dreams to sketch, but every time I try, I am disappointed. I guess it's practice, practice, practice.

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  104. Thanks for offering a giveaway, Alisa! I am an artist, graduated from art school, but there's nothing like a deadline/class to get me motivated. And I'd love to be a more consistent sketcher. Plus, I love your style and your blog! My favorite thing to sketch would have to be um... I don't know. That's precisely why I need to take your class;)

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  105. what do i like to sketch?????....well most anything ...lately i have been doing faces and flowers... shoes are fun also...basically put something in front of me and i will try to sketch it.... ;)

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  106. Wow! I would LOVE to finally get lucky in a giveaway and have it be what will surely be a fantastic class! I love to cartoon and of late, I seemed to be obsessed with forest critters...Thank you for sharing your sketchbooks!

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  107. That's easy to answer: dogs are my favorite subject to sketch!

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  108. I love sketching whatever is on the tables of the families I babysit. It engages me, and the kids like it when I'm coloring with them!

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  109. I like to sketch flowers - but I don't sketch often enough to have a strong preference. I would love to be able to draw/sketch faces and pets better.

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  110. Oh my this is so exciting!! I love to sketch and I've been sketching pretty constant for the past couple of years. I'm not saying I'm good at it but I do love it. I don't really have a favorite thing to sketch, I will try almost anything. I would love to take your class but right now I can't spare the cash, so thank you for giving us this opportunity!!!

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  111. I love your website! I'd love to magically learn to draw because for some reason I feel intimidated by learning it. However, I'm sure your class will be very user-friendly :) I am writing a book and would love to be able to draw the illustrations.

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  112. Hi Alisa! What an amazing giveaway, I am so excited for your first class in general but to give away 3 spots is very generous. I would *love* to join, I have a job that is completely non-creative and have been working on developing my creative side through great blogs such as yours. I would love to be able to sketch and color design inspirations for clothing, including prints for textiles. :-)

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  113. Oh, I'd love to win a class! I'd like to get better at sketching my ideas for different projects. And to sketch whatever is in front of me where ever I'm at.

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  114. Great giveaway, Alisa! I like to draw letterforms mostly...I think it's because I've always loved type!!! :)

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  115. I'm actually a pretty terrible sketcher. I like to consider myself more of a doodler. I usually 'sketch' or doodle patterns or flowers.

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  116. I would absolutely love to take this class, but since I'm still in school the money isn't an option...the thing I love to draw the most is my shoes, totally random, but they're my favorite (:

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  117. Course sounds wonderful!

    Favourite things to sketch? Chickens doing yoga. It's a long story...

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  118. Need motication to get me started on the Sketchbook Challenge - what a great giveaway!

    I love to sketch out in public - anything that catches my eye. I actually had an art teacher walk up to me at the Walker - (out in the garden area) and he hits his companion on the arm and says "See - you have to sketch every moment and every place you can - that's the only way to learn how to draw!" How cool is that??

    Love your blog!!

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  119. At the moment my favourite thing to sketch is anything curved particularly pumpkins (even though Autumn has come and gone).

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  120. This is such a cool giveaway!
    My favorite things to sketch are hair, faces, and especially eyes. Sometimes I'll just cover a whole page with different eyes. And I love drawing complex hairdos.

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  121. jeannie lucky12:19 PM

    I love flowers, any where any time. Realistic or abstract. Hope I win.

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  122. Hmm... my favorite thing to draw would be a stick figure. If I win the class you are going to have to prove to me that anyone can draw, because my stick figures say otherwise!

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  123. Wow. Three free spots? That's incredibly generous. I have my moments with sketching - sometimes I can get exactly right, other times I tear up pages in frustration. I like sketching landscapes, trees, nature...things that aren't manmade. I would love to learn to sketch from you.

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  124. oooh this class looks so dreamy. thanks for the chance to win! i like just doodling basically, usually just objects. would love to expand my horizons with your class.

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  125. first, thanks Alisa for sharing your fabulously inspiring sketchbooks with us! I drool over them almost daily....my favorite thing to sketch would probably be trees; so many interesting shapes and forms. I would love to take your class, but my funds are a bit short after Christmas, lol!
    Cindi

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  126. I like to draw/sketch with lines. And I'm really inspired by nature.

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  127. Hello! I love to draw every day things I see, cherished still life, and nature. Oh, I love flowers and leaves and the asthetic shapes of nature.

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  128. I studied drawing in the high school. At that time I loved drawing still life. Now I am scrapbook designer and I love to sketch from my everyday life into my Moleskine. Your sketchbook is beautiful and inspiring!! I would love to learn from you, Alisa! :)

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  129. I hope I win because it would be a fabulous B-day gift (tomorrow I turn 46!). I have been trying to teach myself to sketch and you are very right...it IS like running! I haven't been disciplined enough in either and have resolved to change that in 2001.

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  130. Oh this would be amazing. I have always wanted to spend hours with paper and pen in my lap, drawing what I see, the view outside my window for starters, that pine tree in our back yard, my sweet little dog curled up at my feet and yeah...and the 8th is my 52 birthday...LOL just to sweeten the pot. VBG!!!!!

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  131. I sketch mostly flowers (less intimidating?) but want to expand my subject matter. I am very rigid in my style and need to loosen up! I think you can help me do that!

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  132. I would love to take your class! My fav thing to sketch is animals.Reptiles and Birds especially.

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  133. KarinB12:48 PM

    I love to sketch figures, patterns in the landscape and faces. Thanks.

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  134. Oh I cannot tell you how much I would love to win this class. I'm most drawn to people but would love to learn how to capture the elements of daily life in a sketchbook. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  135. How exciting! I love nature scenes, especially the lake and I have an obsession with sailboats...

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  136. I would love, love, LOVE to win this as I also love, love, LOVE to sketch my grandbabies and need to learn how to be more accurate, which are the better tools and play more with color. I also like arch elements..go figure. Pick me, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze! (Does begging help, as I can do that really well?!)

    Happy New Year, Alisa!
    Sincerely,
    Kit
    www.paperkitz.blogspot.com

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  137. I'm not really a sketcher so I would love to win this class to help me get started. In the past I've doodled random simple objects around me like books. Thanks for the incredible giveaway!

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  138. amazing!

    Flowers are my favorite thing to sketch, for sure! Leaves, as well.

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  139. My fave things to sketch are my pets. I really need to sketch more. :)

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  140. My favorite subject to sketch? Well, um, er, since I'm a beginning sketcher, I sketch anything. But my favorites are the things that turn out!! So... I need this class. Yes, I said it. Pick me, I need it!! Grins.
    Cindy Swan-Eagan

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  141. Oooooohhh! Love to sketch nature: sea creatures, things you find in the woods like acorns and toadstools, and bugs. And TINY sketches are my favorite!

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  142. Anonymous1:07 PM

    This is a great giveaway! I've kept a sketchbook for over 25 years, but have fallen out of the habit of doing it regularly over the last few years. This could be the boost I need. Every now and then, I sketch knitting ideas, jewelry ideas, or jot lists of books I'd like to read, etc.
    - Amber

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  143. There's a lot of competition here. I rarely enter these things, because I never win. But, to be a student of your sketch class ... well, that's worth taking the chance. So, here's my comment! I'd love to win! Regardless ... I'm very inspired by your work! Thanks!

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  144. Marjo Brans1:11 PM

    I love the shells, love the combination of colors (brown/blue and pink/brown are my favorites)I'm not really a sketch artist...

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  145. I am so excited about this class! Is there a closing date for the class? For example, could I register in June, and still have access to all the materials? Well, my favorite things to draw are everyday objects. I am trying to draw more and I use my planner to just quickly sketch out something in the bus, tram, on my desk... It's nice to go back and see what I sketched out on a specific day and to be reminded of what happened that day.

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  146. Ooo, pick me, pick me! Picture my frantically waving hand. Then picture me sketching said hand as that's my favorite subject: hands. :o)

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  147. Taking a peek inside your sketchbooks is such a treat. Thanks for letting us be a voyeur! I'm more of a doodler than a sketcher but your posts always inspire me. kimstoys at gmail dot com

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  148. OOH! I am now very excited - and even more confused as to which of your lovely classes to pick first, so it would be absolutely delightful if I could *win* a spot for this one :D

    For myself, I love sketching my ideas for doll couture and the 'secret life of dolls' as if they are characters in story books...

    *with fingers crossed*

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  149. This ecourse sounds lovely! My favorite things the sketch are faces and plain 'ol doodles.

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  150. Holly1:20 PM

    I lack the discipline that I should have to be good. But, my favorite subjects to sketch are my daughter, clowns, hands, frankenstein, bride of frank, and vampires :-)

    Holly

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  151. Faces are my favorite!
    thanks for the chance to win,
    missmelissaf at yahoo dot com

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  152. This class sounds so good!!! Would love to take part. I love to sketch anything nature and architecture...but I have not done a lot of sketching lately...;-(( So i need this class, right?

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  153. Great giveaway! I have been following your blog for quite some time and love it!! I love to sketch and am always looking to stretch myself. I like to sketch things around me, especially nature. Would Loooove to win your class!!

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  154. Your class sounds like SO much fun! Would love to win! My favorite sketching subjects are still life objects around the house, nature, and just fun designs/lettering.

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  155. This class sounds amazing. I love all of your sketches and can't wait to get back into more drawing!

    I enjoy sketching pairs of sea animals... especially sea horses. I'm also into sketching meaningful places that have sentimental value... my grandpa's home in China, etc.

    My fingers are crossed...

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  156. I love your sketchbooks, and I wish I learnt to do half as beautiful !
    my favourite drawing is fruits/vegetables and human bodies

    laraignee71@gmail.com

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  157. I love to draw faces, but I am practicing drawing the things I see around me. I love the way you draw what looks like ordinary things, and yet make them look so beautiful! I want to do that, too! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  158. I would love 2011 to be the year I learn to sketch. To get the confidence to sketch. I guess that sounds rather silly doesn't it? It really is 'scary' putting pencil to paper - and hoping that something will 'come out' onto the paper that I could be remotely pleased with. But it doesn't happen. It did as a child - before the 'weight' of worrying what people might think or my own disappointment at my inability. I know I have it in me somewhere - it just needs reawakening. So it is great to be given the chance to win a ticket. If I did win, I would really love to be able to draw and paint any of my colourful very rare breed bantams of which I have 12 - all different shapes, and wonderful colours.

    Good luck everbody and thank you so much alisa for a chance.

    I follow your blog, its awesome

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  159. Looks great! My favorite think to sketch is new dress designs.

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  160. Charlotte1:36 PM

    I love drawing people the most, which I only realized when you asked. I just tapped into cartoon drawing which I had started as a teenager and dropped because of lack of time. I've tried so many different things, oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, online to find myself returning to the basics. My simple waterproof black ink is the best.
    When we moved a month ago I found my old drawings from school and it was amazing to see my classmates conserved and recognizable in my drawings.

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  161. How wonderful! My new years resolution is to art journal each day, and a class in sketching would be amazing! My favorite thing to sketch is people.

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  162. This sounds like a fun challenge! I would love to be a part of it.

    Taylor
    www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

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  163. I am loving how fresh your new design is, hats off for that!

    I think my favourite thing to sketch is tiny little portraits all over my notes. I've got my cat, my dog, my boyfriend and his siblings floating heads all around my programming notes! :)

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  164. I love to do blind contour drawings - especially of faces. It's always a laugh, often pretty "good", and so spontaneous. Thanks for the chance to be a part of your class!

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  165. I need this class as a kickstart to get me back into sketching. I used to love sketching my indoor surroundings. See my post here:
    http://creativeflourishes.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-can-draw.html

    From a very early age I drew cartoons and love the character of pen & ink.

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  166. My favorite subject to sketch? The nature in front of me at the moment.
    Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  167. What a great online class- I've never taken one & this may have to be my first! I love to sketch birds, usually wearing shoes, hats & carrying purses. true story. :)

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  168. Yay, congrats on making a new class Alisa!

    My favorite subject to draw is birds and faces, mostly made up so I need to practice looking and sketching real life!

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  169. Oh I am so excited about this class. I have been following you and love to see pages from your journal. My favorite things to draw right now are seashells and flowers

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  170. i love your sketches!!! I hope i'm able to take your class. i'm having a hard time developing a sketching habit!!! i need to. It would be SO helpful!!!

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  171. I'm totally a doodler--lines, curly ques, and other random shapes.

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  172. AWESOME Alisa! Sketching is always a must, that you are right about...doesn't always come first...My absolute favorite thing to sketch is the trees on my mountain. They are like a snowflake...not one is the same...the bark lives a life like we do, and has scars and different seasons of growth...LOVE EM!

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  173. Wow- what an exciting class! All I've managed up to this point would be prolific (and often colorful) doodling on my work papers... but I know your class could change all that! Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  174. I love to sketch faces, especially eyes. This would make me sit down and do it regularly, which is good. I let too many things crowd this out of my life.

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  175. You are so great to do a giveaway!! When I actually find time to sketch, I find myself sketching bunnies. They are just so adorable. But, honestly, I want to take the class so that I can help my girls incorporate sketching in their science labs. I'm a homeschooling mom of four, and those labs can get a little dry. Adding sketching will give them time to learn to be still and observe.

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  176. I'd love to attend your class ! I already draw in little sketchbooks, but I often don't feel inspired and I'd like to use more colours.

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  177. i LOVE your sketchbooks! this class looks like so much fun!

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  178. I am so excited for this class! Really the only thing that I sketch are faces. They are something I feel comfortable sketching.

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  179. This looks like a great class, BUT I can't tell you what I like to sketch because I find it intimidating. I've done some mandalas and zentangles because I feel like they're something I can achieve. I guess I'd like to win a slot in order to overcome my lack of confidence in my abilities.

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  180. Woud love to take this class but cant afford it at the moment. Will you run it again? I do hope so.
    I love sketching leaves and the paddocks on our farm.

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  181. So want to learn to sketch. I am just getting confidence in putting pencil to paper by doodling and creating patterns. Have kept trying over the years to sketch the wonderful coastal scenery where I live. Would love it to resemble the reality. x

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  182. Right now my favorite thing to sketch is nature. But I would love to become more confident with using watercolor washes with them. My big goal would be to feel more comfortable with drawing faces.

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  183. I don't do a lot of sketching at this point but have been wanting to do more. I do a lot of letters as I love words. It would be an honor to be able to take this class.

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  184. ohhhh the possibility of winning a slot has made my day! what do I like to sketch? Hearts and a basic flower is about all I have mustered since the third grade (!) - somehow I've remained frozen when it comes to practing my art! Fingers crossed that I win and can learn a little more :)

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  185. I don't trust my ability to sketch. If i did, I think it would just be every day stuff, wanting to capture the things of my life ... my coffee cup, a favorite flower, owls ... yes, I want to draw owls!

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  186. I like to sketch nature... leaves, flowers, trees. I am working at becoming a more confident sketcher though because I'd like to incorporate other subjects into my sketching. I love your blog...you have the BEST photos!

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  187. Sketch??? the closest I come is trying my best to get an idea on paper so I do not forget it. Some days it is pure brilliance...most days like a kindergartener! The class sounds very beneficial. Thank you

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  188. I will cross fingers and toes and anything else that will bring me luck. I love to sketch faces (although I am not very good at them), suns/moons, florals and lots and lots of random intricate designs.

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  189. I haven't sketched in years. I doodle a bit and do the stick figure layout but nothing as impressive as your sketchbook. You have an amazing talent.

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  190. My favorite thing to sketch is fabric, shoes, bags. I like things I see lying randomly around my house or school. Next year I'll be attending college as a fashion major so I'm definitely interested in this class to improve my drawing!

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  191. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! What a spectacular giveaway. This is truly exciting. Keeping fingers crossed!

    I think my favorite subject to draw or sketch would be anything with Nature!

    Thank you for offering such an exciting giveaway!
    Have a great day.
    Joan

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  192. I really enjoyed Graffiti Chic so I know I would love this class as I am not that great of a drawer. I try to sketch but I feel my drawings lack something so it would be great to have some guidance as to how to improve. When I do sketch it is very basic stuff like shapes, leaves, trees~mostly nature stuff.

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  193. What a great class! I love to sketch trees and leaves. Trees are just about the most beautiful things in the world.

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  194. Favorite thing to sketch is the FACE. Proving it this year with 2,011 of them. Probably won't like them much after that though.

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  195. I can't even imagine myself sketching. I love looking at your sketches, but I don't understand how one even does it. I enjoy artistic pursuits, but don't know . . . can a person "learn" it? I can't draw to save my life.

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  196. I really admire your sketchbooks, and how consistently you work on them! My favorite thing to sketch are faces.

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  197. oh what a fabulous giveway. i would love to learn to sketch, I have been buying polished shells for a few years and would love to draw them. i would also love to draw a portrait of my son.

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  198. oooohhh I'm so excited for your class.

    I love to sketch people. love all of the craggly bits especially in faces.

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  199. Hi! I would so love to take this class! I have always wanted to draw and paint! I feel that I am creative, I knit, quilt, crochet and do calligraphy and lettering. I have been praying for an opportunity to learn this, and now this happens! Think it is a sign?

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  200. what a great opportunity! my favorite things to sketch are in nature, anything in nature.

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