Rediscovering sketching has been, and still is, such a joy!
I have always kept written journals, notebooks filled with a mix of my own thoughts, reflections & ideas, and quotes & phrases from books and things of interest. I have always had an urge for writing, but I very rarely re-read my own writing. I fill up the books and then store them away – just in case – but I must admit I have never actually wanted to go back to what I wrote 10 – 20 or even 30 years ago. I think the main purpose of these books have been to serve as a my own mirror, or maybe sparring partners would be a more proper phrase.
With the sketchbooks I have been keeping for the last few months, things are different. Obviously they contain images, and a lot less text, but also the text is less introverted, less self absorbed, and thus, I must admit, a lot more interesting … The result is a series of books that are fun to revisit, for me, and even for my closest friends & family, as the sketches in their odd, sweet & helpless ways portray parts of our shared life and experiences.
Sometimes I almost dont write at my sketchbook pages at all …
Since I havn’t yet come to terms with myself as a sketchers (what it is to be a sketcher – for how long will I want to keep on drawing etc., etc.) the above ramblings are just loose musings.
But I am not the only one appreciating keeping a sketchbook, and some of the more skilled sketchers have great insights to share, just have a look at what Liz Ackerley wrote in a recent blog post:
In this post she discusses the difference between sketchbooks and loose paper sketches. And under the heading “SKETCHBOOK SKETCHING – THE BENEFITS she has made a great list of reasons why to keep a sketchbook.