Her name is Suzi Blu and she’s been my inspiration for about a year. I’ve been following her videos on youtube… each week… watching her quirky vlogs (video blog) that expose her personallyality and artistry. I knew on the spot I wanted to be in her class when she announced it, and just finishing off week 1, I am not disappointed.
After just finishing “All About Faces” class with Paulette Insall a few months ago – I decided to take Suzi’s Les Petite Dolls class also because she has such a different style. I learned SO MUCH in Paulette’s class… good technical stuff that has given me an awesome foundation and the best part of her class, for me, was learning to mix my own flesh tone paint! I knew that Suzi’s class would offer her unique ways, and to be honest, I would have been happy to just soak in her ‘energy’ and I figured at the very least I could kick ass in pictionary after this, lol. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would have the Suzi Blu touch on it.
Well I could not be more happy and it’s only week one. On the technical side, we are learning to sketch ‘Suzi Style’ which is so fun… and shading with pencil has just begun. I’m a ‘paint’ shader – I never bother to shade my sketches in with pencil because for one, I thought ‘why bother’ when I’m going to cover it in paint anyway and two… I didn’t know how! Learning how and where is just too cool. BUT THE BEST part of it so far are Suzi’s Affirmation pdfs. It’s like having her here, cheering me on and giving me that personal support. It’s priceless. We also get great Lesson notes in pdf every week, and Suzi’s videos every two weeks (although we got treated to an extra one already this week). And the nicest part is that it’s downloadable to view over and over again. Suzi has it all set up on ning.com so there’s also the closeness of hangin’ with all the other students, online there. Everyone is each others best cheer leader – it’s great.
I’ve suffered from a migraine all week, so I have done minimal sketching, but that’s the other cool part, it’s a self paced class and if you take it slow, it’s ok and Suzi will still be there throughout. I need a t-shirt that says I heart Suzi Blu!
Folk art is a fun style… it’s relaxed and fun and you don’t have to worry about being so precise. You can see my ‘baby step’ sketches here… just click and it will take you over.