SKETCHBOOKS are, in my opinion, a must. I’m as guilty as the next for not doing enough sketchbook work, but when I do, I spend hours covering every page with drawings (always starting with an eye of course)

I must have a dozen unused sketchbooks, I keep buying them whenever I see a nice one, I go into art shops and spend ages looking for the right one, has to have just the right paper (usually a nice smooth surface) I leave the shop satisfied with my purchase, get home, and stare at the the first page.

Blank, nothing, the first mark is so important to me, I’ve been known to discard the first page because the mark on the paper wasn’t right! It’s ridiculous, but that’s how I am.

The first page is terrifying. I still have it in my head that every page should be a masterpiece, I envy people who can just sketch, whatever the outcome, I am going to make it a point to try and do that in the future, just draw, and enjoy it, after all, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

So when I next have downtime, I’m going to crack open one of my collection of sketchbooks, and just draw, whatever the outcome… I’m getting scared already.



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5 responses to “Downtime.

  1. alexbettylou

    Do it! Like this novel task I’m doing. Just draw and see where it takes you! See it as a first draft for greatness – you can improve on it another day, just get it out of your head and down on paper and don’t let your hand move until it’s finished 🙂

  2. bewick70

    I’m definately going to do it, just need to find the time, quite excited about the whole idea. Be a nice chance to let loose 🙂

  3. I’m the same with sketchbooks! I *really* must make more effort to just doodle and sketch, but I rarely get the time 😦 When I do, it’s so nerve-wracking to just DO IT and draw, LOL!

  4. bewick70

    Exactly! it’s so hard to just let go and draw! lol

  5. Hey Sean – I’m glad you’re still the same too! Ever since we used to do graffiti doodles in your room, when we we’re a wee bit younger, I’ve always struggled in just sketching – every mark has to be perfect and i get thru about as many rubbers as i do pencils!! After reading this i’m gunna do the same. 🙂

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