Sketchbooks

I’m posting images from more recent sketchbooks on Instagram. I’m currently working on three, each of which are different sizes and surface types. I’d like better names for them, but for now, I’ll go by when I started each.

2019 is a square 8″ x 8″ and it contains 140 gsm “cartridge paper.” My number one rule there is to not use pencil, for the sake of building confidence.

July 2020 is a 7 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ Strathmore and contains their 400 series drawing paper. I want to practice drawing portraits there and study anatomy.

September 2020 is a midi (5″ x 7″) paperblank journal and contains 120 gsm “acid free forest paper.” Even though you can still see the lines left from the paper mould, it somehow feels smoother than the Strathmore series 400. I don’t have any rules or theme for this. It’s a just a pretty journal.

Below are from earlier sketchbooks. I would often play with an idea for a few pages so I grouped them accordingly.

III 2009 – 2013

I was thinking of contour drawings and some obscure Japanese manga.

These are responses to (left to right) a figure from Guernica (1937), Buveuse assoupie (Sleeping Drinker) (1902), figure from La Soupe (The Soup) (1902), Nude with Drapery (1907) by Picasso

The first two (above) are studies to a drawing called “Figure 4a”

The first two (above) are studies to a drawing called “Blue.” The third is from another sketchbook which I half used as a journal and later dismantled. The fourth is after the style of Marc Chagall.

The drawing, Loose Ends (2020), is an extension of the first sketch (above).

These are on free leaf rice paper but I like to think they belong with my Sketchbook III.

II 2008 – 2009

Below are from my second sketchbook, which is the first sketchbook which I tried to fill with figures from my own imagination.