A couple of days ago I started a new sketchbook, having just filled the last one. I think I was revisiting my school days to decorate the first page like this – I did this sort of thing all the time. I decorated my compulsory school homework diary, so that each week had a different visual theme. Oh the hours I spent with the derwents and my diaries. I think I even have them somewhere.
Here is a page from the last sketchbook, featuring some flowers we shall call “pincushion flowers”.
Keeping a sketchbook or visual diary was a discipline of my University days – a required part of the life drawing component of the design degree. It is a great idea, your drawing certainly improves with practice. These days my sketch book is filled with little idea drawings and little creatures, rather than life drawings. I don’t get to sketch daily (perhaps I should) but I often sit down for 15 minutes of drawing time with the kids, sometimes more if I am lucky.
The first couple of little people in my new sketchbook are inspired by The Duchess which we watched the other night – the hair, oh the hair!
They don’t look at all like the actors – but I wasn’t really trying, just enjoying putting pencil to paper. I enjoy drawing for me, not striving to recreate life as accurately as possible.
Do you have a sketchbook? What do you draw? How often?