A few comments before sharing the options:
- These are rough mockups done on printouts of the pages and to make it easy I added colour with Neocolor crayon – but my intention is to finish the pages with watercolour!
- Some of the suggestions included ideas that had nothing to do with my life (or what I actually did on the days I created these pages) and as my sketchbook is a diary it feels a little odd to add a random object on my page. I’ve included one of these suggestions below and I’ve worked out a way that I could include the new object that would fit with my narrative approach to my sketchbook.
- I need to add some text to these pages in order to document the things that happened on those days – so the options of not adding anything or not adding any more text are not viable in this particular instance. You will see in all the options below that I have added some more notes.
- It feels a little odd not to have an incomplete page in my sketchbook from last week but it’s fun to share this process with you! 🙂
Okay… here are the options. I would love to hear your feedback on which you prefer.
Just add some scattered notes.
If I was in a rush to finish this spread I would probably just do this and then make sure that there was a lot of colour on the next spread to balance the white space here.
But as I wrote last week, I feel as if this spread should have something more in it…
A sky that becomes a colour block (an element from my Sketchbook Design course).
The exact size of this colour block is to be determined – it might look better to extend to the right end and be narrower. I would also have to consider whether to add a little more background to the Village Green sketch so that the sky shape makes sense to the scene.
If I wanted to maintain the feeling of white space I could add a ‘secondary sketch’ (another concept from Sketchbook Design).
This line drawing would be one of the examples I used during the Buildings livestream that I hosted on that Tuesday. So it’s a image that relates directly to my day and in fact records what I was working on.
There were a number of ideas to add another object next to the coffee sketch and the most common suggestion was a pastry!
As I didn’t eat a pastry on this particular day it would be strange just to add to my page. However, if I was to go and buy a pastry, sketch it and then add a note that this was done on a separate occasion as requested by others it would be ‘okay’. Yes, I have some ‘ sketchbook rules’ but as they are just general principles there is always a way to get around them.:-)
I also decided to add a sky to the left page. Initially, I tried to draw a border around it but decided that a sky worked better.
Another suggestion was to add a napkin under the saucer.
As I have some blue checked napkins I could draw that from life and then tie it in with an organic-shaped sky on the left page.
There were other great ideas too (thanks again!) – but these five were the ones that made the most sense for my own sketchbook practice.
I don’t normally spend this amount of time finishing off a page! 🙂
I usually spend a few moments thinking about it and then just go for it. I don’t do any mockups or thumbnails but simply start. However I typically ‘design on the fly’ and often adjust my idea as I work – reassessing the balance of everything on the page at each step.
All these concepts and much more are explained in detail inside my Sketchbook Design course. Sketchbook Design is available as a self-paced course so you can start whenever it suits you and work through the lessons at your own pace. So if you want to improve your pages and fall in love with your sketchbook find out more here.
As I mentioned last week, I love the process of designing my pages and it’s the main reason why I become so attached to my sketchbook pages. It gives me freedom when I’m sketching – I don’t have any pressure to produce a great sketch because I know that I can achieve a pleasing spread during this design process. It also is a great way to be constantly refining my compositional skills!
But to get back to the problem at hand – please let me know in the comment section below which of these options you prefer.