If you're a regular visitor here you'll know that I've kept sketchbooks for many years. When I was at college I found them a bit of a chore and didn't enjoy them very much because they were filled with course projects. I know many artists hardly ever use them (and you could be one of them!) but it was only when I started to use them for my own enjoyment and not necessarily for the eyes of others that I became what I can only describe as essential to keeping creative thoughts flowing for me.
I'm going to show you a few completely random pages from a couple of years ago. I could show you more up to date ones but I have a feeling I might have already shown them here recently. :) Amalia from Pencils and Fireflies was kind enough to ask me to take part in her 'sketchbook show and tell' where along with a few other artists I shared some of my sketchbook pages. It was this that got me thinking about making this post.
The one below is a collage from a well known clothes catalogue that you might recognise? I love their fabrics so much but my goodness are they expensive to buy in real life! ;)
But on the whole my sketchbooks have become more of a visual diary, an art journal and I like to stick in other things from my life to look back at one day.....
If I were to paint or draw in them with the intention of showing them to anyone, I wouldn't get anything done at all but to open a fresh page and sit with some scrummy colours or a nice black pointy pen, it's a way of getting it out of my head
and I would highly recommend it! :)