Last week I finished Daily Sketchbook No. 93 which I started on 10 March*. This is a longer than normal time period for me to be working from the one sketchbook (over 2 months rather than 5-6 weeks) but I must say that I like the slightly longer narrative of my life contained within it. So it is a little sad for this book to come to an end. BTW I discussed the idea of a longer narrative here.
Although I love the feeling of a new sketchbook, I am impatient for the first few spreads to be filled so that it has a little bit of my life in it. It takes a few pages before I feel like I have taken ownership of it.
So this week I found myself reluctant to quickly finish the book off and instead wanted to see if I could hold on until the weekend, but at the same time I wanted to sketch more after last week’s extreme leanness. I also wanted to start my new book on Saturday so I could get a few pages under my belt. As a result I was filling in them gaps in my back pages (something I discussed more here) in a non-chronlogical way. This book had a few interesting back pages including a marker sketch for my book which I am keeping up my sleeve, some people scribbles, and notes from a meeting that I have obscured with some GTWB documentation. It was fun to break my own rules for sketching in date order!
The good news is that I made it till Saturday in the old book, and did more pages than I expected, so the new is well and truly broken in now.
* I only number my daily sketchbooks, so have about approximately 60 additional sketchbooks in my collection which are from my travels or special projects. The last photo I took of my collection can be seen here (click on the ‘continue reading for full descriptions’) which amazingly is one year out of date… so imagine 20 more sketchbooks to these shelves.
So here are the pages, in the order in which they are in my sketchbook. You will notice how mixed up they are!
I used a different camera today and obviously didn’t use the right setting, so sorry about the blurry edges.
Some of these pages I will come back to in the next week (or so) and explain more, but I can tell you now that I have a big trip planned (2nd biggest trip ever) and it is not very far away. More soon!
I would love to hear your thoughts on ending an old sketchbook and starting a new one.