Stories from my Sketchbook . . .
Once your sketch is completed you are urged to upload it to the course site so that other students can see your work and you can see theirs. This is by no means compulsory but I have found it to be a valuable exercise. You see so many different styles and mediums and interpretations—and you get great feedback. (There is only one rule—constructive criticism is allowed but if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all . . . )
On seeing my homework sketch of this small metal owl this week one of my fellow Sketchbook Skool students (Leah) asked me what it was. Was it a toy or a ‘tchotchke’? A what? I had never seen or heard the word tchotchke (pronounced ‘choch-kee’) before, so I looked it up . . .
tchotchke (Origin—Yiddish) a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket
Well okay then. Yes—I guess a ‘tchotchke’ is exactly what this is . . .
When I replied to Leah’s comment I did fess up to the fact that I had never heard the word before which then prompted Leah to also look it up as she said it was a word she had used all her life without really knowing where it came from or why she used it. (I wonder how many times we have all done that?)
So because of my homework this week I learned a number of things . . .
I learned that ‘hatching’ a spherical object wasn’t as simple as I thought it was going to be.
I learned I like adding colour to a drawing after all the shading has already been sketched in.
I learned a new word (from another language).
I learned a new word (from another language) which I really like saying . . . tchotchke . . . tchotchke . . . tchotchke . . .
. . . and I learned that I have a house full of all manner of tchotchkes . . . .