Let me tell you all about my sketchbook problem . . . The problem is that I hate doing sketchbooks! Most all of my classes require one per semester. At least one hundred pages, most of the time more. I see you looking at me and judgin'. "One hundred or more? For a whole semester? That's nothing Alisha, you crazy!"
I've got a real problem, guys. And I'm talking about it tonight because Finals start tomorrow and my 200 page sketchbook is due . . . you guessed it, tomorrow.
I had great plans at the beginning of the semester to be so on top of this sketchbook. A certain amount every day and then some extra on the weekends resulting in an early finish. So if I had it all planned out why am I stressing so much the night before?
I've got issues.
Issues with consistency; and that's a real problem when you're trying to become an artist (or pretty much anything else I'm almost sure). There's something about doing the same thing over and over again every single day that brings this black cloud over my head and a weight on my shoulders.
Now with sketchbooks, I know consistency is especially important. You gotta keep up those drawing and observational skills. So many teachers and professional artists have pounded this into my head. This is the one thing above anything else that will help you succeed in life as an artist.
So rationally, I know that right now it feels like drudgery, but I know that given time it will become my one passion. It's the time thing that's getting me (I'm so impatient). So right now I hate sketchbooks, but I gotta keep plodding along and working through it and eventually you'll never see me without one.
So how about you guys? What are your experiences with sketchbooks? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Any fantastic advice that has really helped you and might help me?
Till next week -