This week's feature is another peek in my sketchbook. Like many artists, I use my sketchbooks as studies, thoughts, shopping lists, whatever. My studies are usually for future paintings, experimentation, and personal enjoyment.
At first, I was saving each page for its own sketch, but eventually started trailing over to both pages. It usually happens when I've felt like I screwed up on the initial sketch and try to make something else work on the next page. Then there's this imbalanced feeling when I open to an awkward spread, so I then work something in between to form connections. It's interesting cause even though sketchbooks are meant to be rough and imperfect, I find that I still treat them almost as refined studio work.
It's a constraining, yet liberating feeling to have. It's funny when you ask permission to see another artists sketchbook cause every artist that I've met so far has that, "Oh it's not finished....that was just..blah" response. Dude, I know it's a sketchbook. Then you meet some artists who have each page completed like it's ready to frame or sell. You're the kind who's causing all these anxieties for these other guys! kidding, I'm trying to be one of them.
I worked from my photos except for the figure on the left. I notice that through my very short studies of the human figure, I have very much more to learn. Drawing from imagination screws with my brain! Even when I meant for it to be a little stylized, I need more live model sessions. What's great about snapping photos of strangers is I have all this material to work right from my hard drive! I hope officials won't confiscate my things. MINE MINE MINE!
A couple of weeks ago I said that I would talk about some of my materials and I ended up not doing it. So, I'll form those things together this week. Still not sure how I'm feeling about this three blog posts a week. More pictures and less words maybe? See ya Friday.....or perhaps....not?