Thursday, February 23, 2012

create a project for yourself

Before we set out for our trips, I always give myself a sketching goal. This trip my goal is to sketch one or more pages of sketches every day. I use a 9" x 9" Aquabee Super Sketch book, with 90# paper, it takes ink and watercolor like a dream, with very little warping.

You can see that I have finished more than half of the pages of this sketchbook so far!

A trip is a natural organizing theme for a sketchbook, but you don't have to travel to create a great sketching project for yourself. Read this post by the inspiring Roz Stendahl on the importance of daily projects! I have been a long-time follower of her blog, "Roz Wound Up" and hope that you will check it out!

So, if not travel, what other subjects might make for a good theme for a sketchbook project?

Draw a piece of fruit every day before you eat it.
Draw faces of people you know.
Draw faces of people you don't know.
Draw your shoes.
Draw the contents of a drawer or closet.
Draw a bush or shrub in your yard.

And then, DO IT! Every day. Just a little. Day by day, you'll find  your ideas evolving and developing. You'll innovate, express, experiment. And bit by bit you'll find that you have created something wonderful!


Dewberry Fine Art said...

You always give me so much to think about.

Pam Holnback said...

I just bought a new sketchbook...maybe I'll get started!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Dori! I'm glad to provide food for thought!

Hi Pam! I look forward to seeing/hearing about what you do with that new sketchbook! I'm sure it will be GREAT!