Jul 272014

Scott with five years of sketchbooks
Scott with five years of sketchbooks

I often talk about how important drawing is to the creative process, but I don’t think people really understand….

When I say keep a sketchbook, I mean keep a sketchbook and USE it. The biggest hurdles for people seem to be a lurking fear of failure and some ominous quality standard they feel they have to meet. First, make a commitment to yourself that NOBODY gets to see inside your sketchbooks and the fear of failure will slowly lessen. Regarding quality, force yourself not to worry (remember… nobody gets to see). Then just draw, scribble, color, copy, think, or doodle in it for a little bit every day.

I sit down and sketch for about twenty minutes over my morning coffee. Some days I may do more, some days less – but I consistently do something. Whatever you draw it doesn’t really matter – the habit is the most powerful thing. These small daily efforts build and build, like compound interest, and before you know it you have a pile of sketchbooks to look through, and if you do look back through them you will likely notice improvement!

This is about five years worth of sketchbooks that I have sitting around the studio. You will never get to see inside most of these but I am comfortable with that. These were for MY exploration, study, practice, ideas, and notes.

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But not to tease and disappoint everyone who has taken the time to read this far, here is an example of an above-average page from one of my sketchbooks. Depending on what is on my mind, various flights of fancy take over my pen during a typical drawing session. Most often I have no predetermined expectations, I just draw to draw. What comes out is unpredictable – frequently it is poor, sometimes it is decent, but occasionally, very occasionally, a great drawing or idea comes out. I will try to share more, but hopefully you’ll understand if I don’t.