Recently I blogged koala sketches from my sketchbook. Today I thought I'd follow up that post by sharing more photos of my sketchbooks. The stuff that no one usually sees. These drawings are the result of doodling sessions when I sit down without any intentions and see what comes out - mostly faces and odd characters I'd like to meet in a dream. These sessions are like visual brain dumps and feel very meditative.
I have piles of them on loose paper. I've never kept a nicely bound sketchbook which I suspect has something to do with feeling intimidated by perfectly crisp blank pages and feeling vulnerable about the volumes of cringe worthy material that could be uncovered. That said, I've always admired other people's sketchbooks.
So, as I try to improve my creative limitations I've become more intentional about keeping better track of my drawings. This has helped me to reflect, notice patterns, improvements, unravel thoughts, learn and grow. I now understand the value of an artists sketchbook. Seems obvious, however it's taken me a while to get here but I'm grateful I finally did.
What about you, do you keep a sketchbook? What do you value the most about it?