Monday, January 28, 2008
Do you sketch? Often?
Do you like to keep a notebook and pen handy at all times in case an image flashes behind your eyes? Lest you lose it forever.
I do and I still lose images all the time. The worst is when I wait too long and I just can't get what was in my head out. And I am sketching nearly constantly it seems. In pen, just like R. Crumb.
I'm certainly no R. Crumb but I remember when watching the movie how he always uses pen because it requires commitment and therefor a steady hand compared to wishy washy pencil. I switched to pen about two years ago and it has helped my sketching by quite a bit. I use either my 02 Micron or my Pilot G-2.
The past month or so I have been constantly sketching. I have something to write in stashed in every bag and every important room along with my favorite pens. I keep my big Moleskine sketchbook in my studio, a mini legal pad next to my bed on my nightstand and another in my bag along with a pocket Moleshine caheir. I don't mean to be a Moleskine snob, but for sketchbooks they can't be beat, and I have shopped around before settling on them three years ago. Plus they fold flat and that is a huge plus in my book when it comes to writing and sketching.
And now I have been using my mini legal pads all the time which is not only freeing since they are so cheap compared to my moleskines but because if I like a sketch I can just rip it out and use it in collage. The yellow lined paper is interesting. Moleskine paper is great for a sketchbook as it is thick and sturdy but I am not about to rip any of those pages out!
Low and behold all this sketching is beginning to pay off. I just finished a sketchbook that took me well over a year to complete and looking at the first pages and the last pages just shows how far I have come. From mere doodles, not careful studies. Though I do thing I should do some still life object studies to tone up my skills. Maybe I will crack open Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain and take a peek at it.
I gotta go, I have orders to pack up and a big day ahead of me. I hope everyone has a great start to this final week of January.