I’ve been neglecting my sketchbooks a bit lately as my iPad and Apple Pencil combo has become more convenient for rough work.
My sketchbooks haven’t disappeared from my workflow though and I’m still using them for playing with traditional media and enjoying time away from my screens.
Here are a few favourites since my last post.
I’ve kept up with my sketchbooking since starting up again last year. I’m being a bit less precious with pages these days and filling them up with ideas more quickly.
There’s a mix of themes in this compilation as I’ve been jumping back and forth between a few different things – studies, experiments, patterns, and character doodles.
I have a habit of getting caught up in the details of my work and can drive myself daft overthinking presentation or fussing over linework (and it’s almost always the details nobody notices!)
My drawing technique was starting to feel ridged and unnatural as a result, so in an attempt to loosen up my flow I set myself the challenge of filling a couple of a cheap sketchbooks with quick spontaneous character doodles that I made up as I went along.
The results were flawed, random and sometimes made little sense, but the process was a lot of fun and fast became one of my favourite things to do during my down time!
Here are a few pieces that came out of the exercise.
It’s been almost a year since I started keeping a regular sketchbook and I’m so glad I found the time to keep it up! When I flick through all the doodles, experiments and miniature artworks that filled last year’s sketchbook, I see how integral the exercise has been in the development of my work and how many ideas I’ve caught along the way that I may not have otherwise.
Here are a few favourites since my last post. I’ll definitely be keeping it up in 2016.