Sketchbooks are for Sketching

Sometimes I start a piece and get a bit overzealous with details. I hit a point with this drawing where I had to remind myself that it’s only a sketch and I don’t have to “finish” it. It helps that the paper is so absorbent, it is difficult to get really small details.

The beauty of the sketchbook is that you can safely experiment with different styles, techniques, and subject matter in a way that is far less daunting than if you are working toward a finished piece every time. This is where practice and exploration happen and is an integral part of every artist’s arsenal.

I had been in “finished piece” mode for quite some time now, leading me to neglect my sketchbooks. Out here, it is both refreshing and frustrating that I am only allowed to sketch. Refreshing because I feel freer than ever to play. Frustrating because when you get into the finished piece cycle, you begin to see unfinished pieces as time wasted. I can’t sell the contents of my sketchbook, the quality isn’t good enough. I have to remind my self that l can draw it bigger and better later, on the good paper.

I also remind myself that I now have more compositions than I had before and that is exciting enough to keep me from picking up a ream of paper in a local art shop.

Surveying her territory. This llama owns it all and isn't afraid to show it.
Surveying her territory. This llama owns it all and isn’t afraid to show it.

 

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