“Old Art From an Old Sketchbook” or “Has it been 8 YEARS Already?!”

“Bad” art time.  Okay, so it’s not bad art.  It’s just old art.  And I say bad because so many people are embarrassed to show their old stuff or to share their sketchbooks.  And I understand because judgements and critical words and harsh stares or incredulous faces – all of that and more can be devastating.  I am just lucky because I don’t care what other people think.  I like what I’ve done, where I’ve come from and where I am now.

So this is the first “sketchbook” I created after reading Danny Gregory’s  Every Day Matters and The Creative License.  So I was heavily influenced by his style of drawings as well as the use of pen to do the initial drawings.  I didn’t use pencil, only pen and it really did create a looseness after a while and it helped to get rid of that critical eye – because when drawing with a pen if you’re fearing a mistake, you’re screwed.  You’re going to make them, so learn how to deal with them.  Really, The Creative License puts it more eloquently, but it gave me a certain confidence to push passed the mistakes that I still have now, even using pencil or a tablet (I LOVE the Undo button/option lol).

I put “sketchbook” in quotations (twice now) because it was just a pretty notebook (the covers are pretty but I don’t show them here) that I had and hadn’t done anything with.  It was just something I bought on a whim while at Ross and never really used.  That was also part of Danny’s influence – he insists you kind of “de-precious” your sketchbook by writing in it, writing down your grocery lists and so on.  I don’t always do that now (at least I don’t think I do) but it was something that struck me again, helping to realize that sketchbooks don’t need to be perfect but are tools.

So here are the drawings (in the order that I drew them) from that sketchbook.  Also, I’m sorry if you get an FBI/CIA File vibe from all the black ink, lol.  Portions of the text has been redacted.  I am not 100% sure what is even in there but I know some is private and I tend to curse like a sailor, so I figured it was just safer to make the text unreadable 🙂

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My old bestest buddy, Fred

My old bestest buddy, Fred

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Something, huh?  Lol, some are not good representations of anything!  Some are pretty good renderings.  But it’s not good or bad, it just is.  Feel free to share your own sketches or links to sketchbooks or sketchbook tours here!

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