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January 12, 2016

Doodles Blooming in a Sketchbook

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I'm finding calm today as I look through annnsunn’s tumblr. The artist’s wonderfully photographed sketchbook has a simple floral theme, and they love to include the real life flower that inspired their drawing. Seeing the artwork alongside the flower that inspired it is especially enjoyable thanks to the gorgeous composition of both the drawings and the photos. It’s neat, clean, and uncomplicated. No wonder it clears my thoughts just by looking at this garden on paper.

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December 9, 2015

Sketchbook with Rules (Kinda)

My latest sketchbook has been getting really messy, and honestly I've never enjoyed sketch booking more... and I never liked the results this much either!

I've given myself two idea guidelines. 1.) To make things without judgement (harkening back to my recent post) and 2.) more is more - in the same way that its easier to look fashionable in winter by adding layers upon layers, I would just paint, cut and paste until it started to look good!

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December 7, 2015

Open & Closed Mode with John Cleese

Recently I started a new sketchbook with a new sketchbook philosophy. Here's the idea: time in the sketchbook should be pure unadulterated fun. Michael Jordan couldn't get in the zone if he had to the ref the game at the same time.

John Cleese of Monty Python speaks heavily on this topic in this talk.

When you go to be creative there are two distinct modes, the open mode and the closed mode.

In the open mode the only rule is that you have fun. You enjoy it. You're not trying to make judgements on whether what you are making is good or bad.

Then go into the closed mode, the execution mode. This is where you edit and make judgements.

I suggest you play more in the open mode in your sketchbook. This doodle (above) is an example of experiments in the open mode.

You might just have more success and surprise yourself!

Happy open doodling everyone!


December 6, 2015

Memories in Moleskine

Images from Stephan Hohenthanner’s blog seem more like memories than sketches to me. He makes a habit of sketching the mundane with close attention to all its little details, but the way he captures it on the page is moody and atmospheric. Stephan is an illustrator in Hamburg, so I’m going to assume these are real places in Germany. I’ve never been to Germany, so it’s strange for me to admit that his illustrated scenes make me feel a nostalgic sense of comfort from streets and homes I’m not familiar with at all.

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November 28, 2015

Seeing Through a Doodler's Eyes with POV Sketches

pov sketch

Artists who sketch on location always catch my interest. I love the spontaneous nature of pulling out a pen and paper wherever you are to capture an instance. Paul Heaston makes a habit of drawing every visual detail in his surroundings until his page is full. He sketches his entire field of view, including his own hands and sketchbook. By drawing exactly what he sees, the wide angle perspectives of places around Denver really make me feel like I’m looking at Heaston’s city through his own eyes. If you like his POV style, you will also enjoy one of our entries from last year about The Sketchbook as a Center Point.

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September 24, 2015

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July 24, 2015

Scrapbook Meets Sketchbook

I went to eat at a friend's swanky restaurant recently, and he stopped me when he noticed I started my meal without touching the lemon wedge on the rim of the plate. He explained that the lemon is an important finishing touch to the flavor, and the chef leaves the wedge there so that you can feel included in the preparation of your food. I thought of this just now, as I was looking at Mall Licudine's illustrations. There's a sense of purpose in the way she photographs her finished works with the tools she used clearly visible in the periphery. I found myself examining the clutter of her workspace and looking back to the drawing to figure out where she used what in the picture. This gave me a surprisingly clear mental image of the artist at work and the steps she took to construct specific pieces, almost making me feel as if I was there during the creation. It's an unusual experience that doesn’t happen for me often! 

Her sketchbook drawings have dates incorporated into the art, which makes me wonder if this is a form of journal. Typography in the illustrations is often inspirational or emotional in subject, which suggests something therapeutic for the artist. There’s also a nostalgic aspect which comes from using snips of patterned washi tape to add elements of collage into the sketches. A scrapbook made of sketches instead of photos? You can follow Mall Licudine's instagram or tumblr to see more.

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