I’ve just finished my fifth sketchbook. This time last year, I realised that even though I had been an artist for as long as I could remember, I had never properly owned a sketchbook – I was a hardcore perfectionist back then, so if I messed up a drawing in my sketchbook I’d tear the page off and eventually gave up with the idea of owning a sketchbook.
I was silly, wasn’t I? Sketchbook is meant to be a space for you to practise and experiment . I can’t remember what triggered it but I decided to let it go and made a pact with myself, that I’d continually own a sketchbook and draw away, no matter what is the outcome. At the beginning, it wasn’t an easy trip – I was itching to tear off some of the pages I didn’t like, but by Christmas it wasn’t difficult anymore.
However, looking back at all my sketchbooks I’ve owned, I would say I am a ‘safe’ sketch-er. I occasionally drew with pencil and then fine liner over the top so I have a neater drawing in the end. I used fine liner 99% of the time. I stuck with subjects I usually draw. Basically, I didn’t go wild in these pages.
So, I am making another goal within my intention to own sketchbooks –
Be a wild sketch-er!