I'd like to ask you a question, because I need an unbiased opinion.
For the last two weeks I've been putting together the first e-workbook for my workshop series, Nature Sketching Basics, and I pretty much finished it yesterday, in PDF form. I'm letting it rest for a few days before I put it up online, so that I can check it again with slightly fresher eyes.
My question isn't about that one, though. It's about the second ebook in the series, Nature Sketching Details, which I'm now working on.
Here's my dilemma. When I give my workshops, I provide all the goodies: paper to work on, pencils, erasers, tortillons (stumps for blending/shading), watercolor pencils, waterbrushes, etc. And I also provide things to sketch: seashells, leaves, acorns, pine cones, gnarly sticks, turkey feathers, bones, etc.
But if I'm not teaching the workshop, but just putting forth the workbooks, I can't supply these things. I can take it on faith that people who download the e-workbooks will manage to cobble together adequate tools to work with, but some of them may not have seashells or feathers and such to draw.
So I've been photographing shells and leaves and other goodies to give them something to draw if they don't have the suggested items on hand. I had plenty of stuff to photograph for the first e-workbook, but now that I'm working on the second, there's something I'd like to add.
I have never provided skulls to draw because I mostly have only one of each kind (I have LOTS), and I prefer that my students all draw the same thing so that when I make suggestions or give advice it is applicable to everyone in the room. But I can supply photos of some really great skulls IF, and here's the kicker, IF I can be fairly sure they won't freak too many people out.
What do you think? I have here a striped skunk skull and a gull (California gull, I think) skull, and I'd like your opinion as to whether or not you'd be freaked out by being asked to sketch a skull to complete your assignment.
Maybe I'm being too cautious, but I don't want to put anyone off, and I don't know if animal skulls are in that category. I personally think they're great drawing subjects. Could I get your opinion?
You don't have to say much, just whether or not you'd be caught off guard and seriously "put off" if you opened your newly downloaded e-workbook and discovered that you would be expected to draw and shade a skull in order to get through the assignment. Help???????
Please leave me a comment with your opinion. I'll wait.
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