I'm so excited to let you know that five and a half years after running the very first annual 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge, Sketchbook Challenge: 100 Prompts for Daily Drawing (THE BOOK!!!) is now available and ready for you to pre-order.
I have been working with Search Press for the last two years to make this project happen and last week they gifted me the very first copy (Prosecco was consumed!!) and confirmed that stock is on its way from the printers in just a few weeks’ time…
This book is 160 pages of sketchbook challenge goodness - all the things I am passionate about and talk about in my live challenges, courses and monthly membership. It is PACKED full of sketching prompts, plus plenty of additional inspiration and ideas for filling your sketchbooks.
It is available NOW to pre-order on my website for £11.99 (RRP £12.99).
Watch the video below to take a look inside the book and see what’s included…
Kickstart or develop your own daily sketching habit with 100 simple and thought-provoking prompts from the creator of the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge.
The huge range of prompts includes found objects such as leaves, clocks, buttons and jewellery, along with more subjective suggestions such as 'something that smells good' and 'items in your pocket', to encourage you to sketch everyday items you may not have considered before.
All of the challenges are suitable for beginners and teaches the principles of drawing and art, with the aim of encouraging people to relax, have fun, and get creative!
At the start of the book Susan provides an introduction explaining why she has written the book, how to use it, and the benefits and reasons for cultivating a daily sketching habit. There is also a simple chapter on tools and materials, followed by a consideration of mindset and creativity when approaching the 100 prompts.
Also included are some warm-up exercises to help awaken the creative brain and inspire you to think more broadly about the prompts that she provides. The book is illustrated throughout with Susan's own responses to the prompts, in a mix of black and white sketches in pen or pencil, plus coloured illustrations, paintings and even collage all intended to add interest, to inspire, and to enliven the reader.
Why did I write this book? 8,
How to use this book 9,
Why a daily sketching habit? 10,
What is a sketch and what is a habit? 12,
Why use sketching prompts? 14,
Mindset and creativity 16,
Process not perfection 19,
Be like a toddler 20,
The importance of creative play 22,
Positive language 24,
There is no wrong 26,
Make it easy for yourself 27,
Tools & materials 28,
Warm-up exercises 34,
Seven days of sketching 48,
Sketching prompts 50,
Afterword & next steps 158
Susan Yeates is an artist, author, podcast host and TEDx speaker. She has written and self-published four books including Learning Linocut (2011), an Amazon no. 1 bestseller, and Learn to Earn from Printmaking An essential guide to creating and marketing a printmaking business (2016). Susan's first title for Search Press, Beginner's Guide to Linocut, was published in 2018.
Susan obtained a fine art, printmaking degree from Loughborough University and has been teaching art courses and workshops both in person and online since 2003. She also co-runs a pottery café in Woking, Surrey. Susan’s TEDx talk, Create your mandala universe collaborate for a beautiful life, was broadcast in 2020.
Susan runs an annual 30-day sketching challenge every January through her website susanyeates.co.uk and on Instagram (@learninglinocut) and Facebook, encouraging people to develop a daily sketching habit.
Susan lives and works in Woking in Surrey, UK, and continues to teach printmaking and sketching through online courses. Susan is passionate about inspiring others to get creative and also hosts a podcast called Creativity Talks.
Pre-orders will be taken via this website throughout May and June 2022 and dispatched by Royal Mail when the stock arrives. The first batch of books will arrive with me w/c 20th June and all copies will be signed and posted out after this date.
All customers will be notified when their order has been dispatched. Orders that are placed first will be posted first.
All pre-orders save £1 on the £12.99 full price of the book - UK and international delivery now available.