Have you ever bought a new sketchbook, opened to the first page and thought, “Now what do I do?” Me neither. It’s a sketchbook, the clue’s in the name.
I’ve lied to you. Presented with a pristine sketchbook, creative block is exactly what I get. A hardback book with pristine pages is a beautiful thing and, unless you’re brimming with self-confidence, I don’t think it’s possible not to be afraid of just ruining it with thoughtless scribbles.
In point of fact, this isn’t a book about putting sketches in a sketchbook – about sketching, in fact. It relates directly to the art journal idea that seems to be the latest thing across the Atlantic. This is not about random visual notes, but rather about creating a piece of work within the covers of a book. It’s a charming idea that you can concentrate on until it’s done or build up slowly as inspiration comes to you. It does need an overall theme or idea, though, and that’s where the apparently pointless question I started with comes in.
Again, this is a book of ideas and, even if you don’t like all or any of them, it will set you thinking.