Thanks everyone for all your great and personal feedbacks.
I actually am gonna save all your responses into a word doc for something to look at when I hit a slump like this again in the future.
But, I just wanted to give you guys an update as to where I am right now in terms of sketching and what I did.
So here goes, I got permission to sit in on an intro to product design class at my local CC. I felt that by being around passionate students who are working hard to transfer or apply to their dream design schools would motivate me as well. And it did more than just motivate me. After the first week or so, I initiated an idea for the class. I noticed that although all of us in the classroom are here with similar interests, similar skills, and similar needs and wants, we fail to interact with each other, talk, share, and help each other out. Because as we all know, we can learn alot from each other. So I initiated the idea of weekly field trips, immediately after class ended. I felt that sketching with others, not in a classroom setting but outdoors where we can freely sketch and share with one another would help both me and the people who came to the field trips to learn to enjoy sketching outside of school.
The first day, including myself, there was 4 of us. It was a small group, but it was great. We immediately got to know each other, talk about who we are, where we come from, what we want, and more. We went to IKEA on our first field trip and it was a great experience, and very comfortable too. We did short 20-30minute sessions where we picked a theme, like living room, then chose a spot to sketch the things around us. After the time was up, we gathered together, each of us giving a short presentation of what we sketches, how we tackled it, what was difficult, and what went well. We shared our thoughts, gave out comments, and then did a few more sessions. Afterwards we all grabbed dinner at the IKEA food court and just enjoyed ourselves.
It’s been almost a month now, and we just started taking photographs of our field trips and documenting the sketches we did. Our sketch group has grown to 9 people including myself, and sketching is now becoming something enjoyable for all of us, as we share and learn from each other. The most amazing thing though is the improvement rate I see in everyone. In just one session, we have all been able to see sketches that would make you think it was drawn by a completely different person.