Today I started a new sketchbook as #112 was finished on the weekend. But hey, didn’t I just start a new book a few weeks ago? Yes, I finished a Stillman and Birn Alpha Softcover 8×10″ size, 120 page sketchbook in only 3 weeks! I think this is a record for an everyday sketching book (ie. when I am not on holiday/vacation).
When I started #112, I expected that I would want to go back to the smaller size (5.5 x 8.5 softcover) afterwards (more casual, lighter weight), and that’s exactly what has happened. Last week, the 8×10 size suddenly felt too big especially while sketching during my morning cafe sessions. The main reason for this change in attitude to the bigger book was because I needed to spend more time working and less time sketching each morning (my workload is getting more serious now). The bigger size page is putting more pressure on me to do a bigger sketch of a fuller scene and I’m struggling to make the time for that. Today, I felt much more comfortable with the smaller size and it suits my agenda for the cafe visits as ‘warmup sketching’ rather than producing ‘masterpieces.’
I know that I discuss size of sketchbook frequently – I’m more and more convinced that mixing it up is a really good thing. What is good fit last month, might not be the best option right now.
Last week’s collection of sketches is a bit of a mixed bag, but I’m still happy with my output at the moment.The momentum to sketch is still there even though the time to dedicate to it has reduced.
Note: These images have been uploaded at a slightly larger size – so click to see them a little closer up. (There was a tech reason why they have been small, but now I’m able to upload larger files! Yay!)
Here they are:
On the left: testing to see what happens when I just use a wash of pure Cobalt for shadows (first pass was totally dried).
On the right: An experimental sketch of a Palladian Villa. I had had a long meeting with Mike about our 2019 Palladian Odyssey Tours that day.
A very hectic day filming bonus videos for the SketchingNow Foundations re-run which is happening at the moment. So my sketches were a little token-istic.
Another busy day – no people at the cafe until right when I needed to leave, an incomplete sketch in a chapel just before a funeral service, and a waterbrush tree from my parking spot after an appointment.
Another short Friday sketch outing – this time to the Art Gallery of NSW. Two pencil sketches done inside and then a very loose sketch of the exterior standing up – it was very hot so I went super loose and wet with my washes.
Saturday: over two hours at Goodfields Eatery including breakfast, a measure setup drawing (which I will talk about in this week’s Foundations bonus video)
And then some super quick people sketches before I left. It was actually Australia Day, but I just had a normal Saturday (a bit of work, and some housework). It was way too hot to go out sketching at an official Australia Day event as I have done previously and a quiet day at home was what I needed.
So how did your sketching go last week? Are you finding that work is getting in the way (the holiday season is well and truly over)?
Have you ever experienced the feeling that you need to change the size of your sketchbook?
I would love to hear your experiences!