Keeping a Sketchbook Habit and Giving up the Pencil
I keep my sketchbook in my bag at all times and draw whenever I can. Since beginning my studies in illustration and graphic design it was something I really wanted to start doing in theory but didn't start until I came across Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory after finishing my studies. This book is an inspiring 'how to' kind of guide to squeezing more drawing and creativity into everyday life, (and how doing that can make you much happier and less stressed-bonus!). It's great for those who haven't picked up a pencil in years, as he begins with some really simple but important drawing exercises, (basically everything you learn at art school drawing class condensed into four pages). He has a knack for eliminating the potentially daunting aspect of drawing. When I feel like I'm in a drawing rut this is one of the books I pick up to get re-inspired. Highly recommend!
Below is a collection of some of my sketchbook drawings, all of which were done while observing the world around me - beaches, airport, cafes, across the street, kids I babysit, my dog etc. I used to be a lot more tentative, always starting in pencil and then going over in pen to make sure it was 'perfect'. That got kind of boring though, after all I'm not perfect so why should my drawings be? I've loosened up a lot - I think that just comes with time. The more you practice the more confident you get with your line and your ability to trust your hand eye coordination. And of course mistakes happen, but learning to embrace mistakes is a good thing to do. In art and in life. I also realised soon after giving up the pencil that, even though the drawings are a bit wonky and even a little dodgy at times, I love the result more, the drawings end up looking more spontaneous and authentic, which is what I strive for. Again, in art and in life. ;) Also, it's just a bloody sketch book after all, may as well give 'er!
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