I started a new sketchbook. The Leuchtturm one I was using had been bugging me since I started it, so instead of beating myself up for not using it, and in turn hardly sketching at all - I opened one that had been waiting in the wings for a while now. Surprise surprise, I really like it! It's the Magma Art & Illustration Sketchbook in a not-quite-A4 size (18.4 x 24cm). Promarkers don't go through as much, or pill up as the leuchtturm one did, and its a good size to carry around in my bag without taking up too much room. I haven't used it with watercolour, and probably won't because its just not the right paper, but I'm really happy with it so far. It also has lots of interesting information in the back that I have actually read and go back to! I usually end up ignoring stuff like that, but some of it is pretty useful. I'm getting pretty in to sketching nature and animals at the moment. It makes a nice change from my usual portraits/people theme I think. It's also making me want to sit outside and draw down local footpaths, woods and beaches. All I have to do is overcome my fear of drawing in public (!!!)
I'm not feeling very inspired to draw at the moment, but I'm trying to push through that and just draw whatever, even if I think its super boring/predictable!
I'm also not getting on with this Leuchtturm sketchbook. It doesn't like watercolour at all (!!!) and I'm finding it very limiting, and not in a bring-out-your-creativity sort of way. What do you do when you don't get on with a sketchbook? Do you try to finish it because its a waste not to, or do you just start a new one?
Is anyone thinking about doing 'May We Draw Daily' this year? I might just go for it and see what happens!
Sketchbook update... I've been drawing a lot more lately, and having more ideas for finished art pieces - something that hasn't happened for a while! Some quick messy warm up sketches A self portrait - I found out the hard way that this paper doesn't like watercolour. It bobbles up underneath my paintbrush - so, if you like watercolour in your sketchbooks, maybe don't go for a Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook. Its a pity, because the the most beautiful sketchbook I've ever owned! This has since turned in to a gouache painting, and will be for sale on my Etsy shop some time next week. And I'm just about to start making a painting out of this one, too! I'll be testing out a new watercolour paper as well, I have a feeling its going to spoil me.
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A few pages from my sketchbook. I've set myself the goal of posting two illustration/painting related posts a month on here. This could be simply pages from my sketchbook, sketches done on my iPad, or entire finished pieces. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but I figured if I start off small I can always add to it, right?! In an ideal world I'd be sketching and painting all the time (when I'm not working, of course!), I need to stop using the excuse of "life getting in the way", so here goes;
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