What is the Outdoor Sketchbook Collective?

Welcome to the Outdoor Sketchbook Collective! My name is Orla, and I am an artist & illustrator, and I love to translate how places make me feel.

Spending time outside walking, camping and thinking about nature wherever I am, be that city or countryside, is at the heart of my creativity. Here on Substack I share elements of my process, research trips and plein-air drawing adventures outside. I’d love to use this space to build community around arts & the outdoors, and I hope each post offers you some inspiration and ways to get out into nature & get creative.

If you’re interested in learning more about connecting to nature through art & mixed media processes, consider checking out my Patreon, where I share additional blog posts, video tutorials and host live online workshops with a community of artists around the world. Becoming a member of my Patreon is a great way to help support the work I share here on Substack, as well as videos I share through my youtube channel.

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Connecting to nature & the outdoors through art. Writing about creative process, nature journalling & plein air painting


Connecting to nature, community & the outdoors through art. Writing about the creative process, painting, plein-air drawing and adventures outside.