Wednesday, October 29, 2008
put a sticker over it and call me in the morning
Unlike many artists, whose sketchbooks are perfect compositions from beginning to end, mine is a collection of torn pages, half-finished sketches, lists, food wrappers, kitchen sinks, etc. It is me...complete with idiosyncrasies. I try to cultivate this same sketchbook freedom in my students, encouraging them not be afraid to mess up in their sketchbooks as it is all part of the process of learning and growing as a designer. Going along with this, I strongly recommend that they not rip out pages and if they mess up really, really bad -- as in, if i have to look at this screwed-up drawing one more time I may pull my hair out kind of way -- they should simply put a big sticker over the mistake. It works every time!
While I maintain this freedom in my sketchbook, I've ascribed to a slightly different philosophy on this blog...only posting drawings I'm proud of and very little miscellaneous information (i.e. kitchen sinks). While I like the "purity" this brings...it's not exactly a full expression of me or my sketchbook.
This is all to say that I'm thinking about switching things up a bit, including other tidbits outside of sketches. I'm not sure where it will lead, but I figure it is worth a shot.