Hi Ghosties, Lize here, I felt it was about time to fill you in on what we've been working towards this year!
As some of you may know, we used to run a weekly Sketchbook Club workshop for young people at Off The Record, here in Bristol.
We did it for nearly a year and loved every session, and the main thing we learnt was that sketching is better together. Which it is. And we wanted a way to share this workshop with our worldwide audience, not just Bristol (where we're based) so we figured, well, let's make an online workshop, which we did. We uploaded 10 Sketchbook Club Online videos, it was great fun and we got some nice response from you creative ghosties! (thank you <3)
And then we thought, we're 4 artists/illustrators, all doing different things, (I'm running SGC, Nathan is an animator, Helen studied Fine Art and is just starting her freelance career, Robbie's just graduated and is doing the same) what if we took all of our knowledge and made a website? A site for beginners and professionals alike, full of resources and our current expertise and knowledge in the field, and so we started getting to work on this mythical website...
It's currently still under development but we've spent the past 4/5 months creating as much content as possible, trying to ask every question we've ever been asked (my instagram inbox is full of these questions haha!) and provide some kind of 'hub' for creatives all over the world.
It's being run by the four of us, but as a lot of my day goes to running SGC, Helen, Nathan and Robbie are taking the lead and let me tell you, it's going to be amazing. It's something that I never would have imagined and I feel like the proudest parent, and it's all because of you ghosties that we're able to do this.
Don't panic, Sad Ghost Club is going to be around for a long time yet, but for you creative ghosties we hope Sketchbook Club Online will help bridge the gap between beginners and professionals, and make the idea of a creative career a little less daunting.
SGC has changed my entire life, having this job has truly improved my mental health and my knowledge of what's going on in my head. The response to every comic I make is always heart-warming and honestly, I just can't believe it.
So this gushy post is basically just to say thank you, not only has SGC changed my life but it's given me the opportunity to work with my closest friends and now we're able to put all our efforts into something we're all passionate about.
There's endless ways to get involved with Sketchbook Club Online - just email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. We'll let you know when the website's launched and you can keep up with it over on the instagram (@sketchbookclubonline) and if you want to truly make our day, you can support SBCO on patreon <3
Doing creative things can be the most healing, soulful experience but it can also be the most isolating. We're hoping to change that.