This past Tuesday we had the honor to be one of the sponsors for The Sketchbook Series Tour and design a space for their Oahu stop.
Event Planner/Designer turned Sketch Artist Instructor and Inspirational Speaker, Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired, developed The Sketchbook Series as an interactive workshop dedicated to teaching the basics of sketching. The series is geared towards creative professionals seeking additional tools and skills to enhance their business by teaching them to sketch and visually communicate their awesome (but sometimes hard to verbally explain) ideas onto paper for their clients. We’re huge supporters of the creative and design process, so when Mary contacted us to be a part of this workshop, we were thrilled to be involved in this fun and informative experience.
Held at the Honolulu Design Center, the hands-on curriculum allowed participants to learn about various sketching techniques, follow along as Mary demonstrated the concepts, and have the opportunity to sketch actual objects. The full-day course covered a variety of sketching basics including:
- Tips on creating different textures
- Pencil pressure & line weights
- Scale, proportion, depth perception
- 2D vs. 3D objects
- Perspective drawing
- Shading and blending
- (Oh, did we mention basic supplies are included and yours to keep!)
As the creative lead responsible for designing the space, we crafted a mock set for participants to draw. We were inspired by the mission of The Sketchbook Series so the overall concept centered around three C’s: creativity, classroom, and collaboration. To spark creativity, we designed a luxe and elegant set featuring our Custom Boxwood backdrops adorned with our Estate Mirror Collection. We also used our Alchemy Table as the foundation for a striking cascade of beautiful florals by Jeff Alencastre of Creative Concepts by Jeff, and a gorgeous three-tiered cake by Pastry Chef Cainan of Stage Restaurant.
To create a “classroom” space for learning, we positioned rows of tables facing Mary and monitors mounted on boxwood walls to watch her sketch. Tables were covered in a crisp white table cloth alongside our Louis Ghost Chairs to serve as a blank canvas to allow the participant’s sketches to take center stage.
Lastly, we incorporated a variety of elements to encourage participants to interact and collaborate, including two lounge areas with seating from Stage Restaurant and The Honolulu Design Center which flanked a glitzy 3-D “ALOHA” sign to greet participants. This also served as the backdrop to our sandwich buffet at lunch, and to represent our home-state of Hawaii. We also incorporated the workshop’s hashtag in our acrylic frames (...after all, this was a visual bunch and photo taking was in full swing!).
We had a blast working with everyone involved in the The Sketchbook Series, and learning some new sketching skills!
A special shout out to the amazing sponsors who helped bring the workshop to life and to Mary for inspiring and sharing her creative talents with this group of creative pros.