Looking through the sketchbook of an artist is a bit like peeking into someone’s journal. It’s not like I’d be angry or offended if someone picked up my sketchbook and started leafing through it, but in my opinion, you should always ask the artist if it’s OK first. And don’t be offended if they want to flip through the book with you and only show you certain things.
My sketchbook is not as personal as many are, but it can be a bit embarrassing. It’s where I unload my brain so a lot of the sketches are rather odd like the one pictured below. A cheese tree for mice? Yes.
My sketchbook is also a place where I try things on for size. I’m not crazy about a lot of non-representational art, but this is something that I took from an old Nat Geo photo of the Earth. I guess it represents river systems, but to me it seemed more abstract and I was drawn to the colors and shapes so I sketched it with water color pencils.
My sketchbook is a place where I can practice using different techniques with mediums like colored pencils.
I also like to sketch from my art books. This is a sketch I did of Stieler’s Portrait of Lola Montez.
Of course, there is usually the odd animal sketch in there too. I cut these ones out.
My sketchbook doesn’t have anything amazing in it. It’s mostly a brain dump of creative ideas or inspirations. It has a lot of half-baked ideas and unfinished drawings. But there is still something that feels private about it. Why is that?