Inspiration: Art Editorial

Erratic, Unfinished and Dirty

by Lisa Currie 14

If you're learning to draw (whatever that means), Nina Johansson's sketchbooks will either make you squirm with awe or inspire your pants off. For me they did a little bit of both. And she also has a blog.

As frustrating as observational drawing can be to master, it'd be nice to pull my imagination straight onto the page - no compromises (such as hands having to be in pockets or behind backs).

Out of curiousity, who out there keeps a sketchbook? In three words I would describe mine as erratic, unfinished and dirty. How would you describe yours?

Lisa Currie

We all enjoy a bit of a doodle! That's why we're here. Or maybe you got lost and were searching for a whole other kind of doodle... uh oh. Anyway, hello! My name's Lisa. I'm author of The Scribble Diary, a doodling book to inspire self-reflection. Also my new book is ME, YOU, US to fill out with your friends! Come find me on instagram @scribblediary


  1. I have started keeping a sketchbook with me and am desperately trying to learn to sketch by just practicing when I am waiting somewhere. My sketchbook would be described as amateurish and unconfident looking. But, maybe someday . . .

  2. incomplete, apprehensive & hesitant. I'm working on just sitting down and doing something. I hate preplanning and critiquing myself before I even start. It's a hard habit to break though...

  3. wordy, amateurish, me or maybe \\\"work in progress\\\"

  4. full of drawings

  5. only just beginning

  6. i have a few sketchbooks. my main one i'd describe as neat but disorganized, colorful and smudgy.

  7. I used to be very afraid of sketchbooks because some of them cost a bomb. I used to try completing every sketch I made, if not, I would be very frustrated that I have wasted another precious piece of paper. Sometimes I would tear that page off the book. Anyway I told myself not to be afraid of the white pages anymore and just have fun. So the three words to describe my sketchbook would be: Just For Fun!!

  8. I will promise to keep to my words.

  9. sporadic, educational, time-capsule-y

  10. Her observational drawings are great! I'm currently working on that, I have a "drawing movement and motion" class this fall. How do you draw motion?! Anyway, my sketchbook: neat, white space :), colorful.

  11. wordy, rough and in-progress

  12. Utilitarian, experimental, embarrassing! (except the stuff I choose to share)

  13. repetitive, loving and story-telling.

  14. ironic, lists, commentary. http:[email protected]/

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