So last week was the first week back in the smaller book (5.5 x 8.5 Stillman and Birn, Alpha softcover) and it felt so good. Having a smaller, lighter book makes a big difference in terms of the weight I carry around everyday and it also feels more personal – more like a diary/journal than the bigger book (8 x10) does.
And it has taken off a lot of pressure from my morning cafe visits. Yay! As I mentioned in the previous Last Week article, the bigger pages made me feel as if I needed to do a full scene sketch of the cafe. But the smaller pages allow for a quick vignette – and it’s been nice that this has meant I have done more watercolour sketches this week.
The two negatives of the smaller book are:
- Less compositional options – a big deal for me as designing my sketchbook pages is just as important as the sketches themselves.
- Going through the book too quickly – I have filled up one third of the book already!
So here are the pages:
Title Page: You can see a video of my doing this here.
Teacup #2 from my collection – more about the project here.
Wednesday: A very hectic day (it’s my filming day for the Foundations Re-Run) so I just did one spread that included both my morning cafe and afternoon gym outings.
Friday: I was extremely focused on the work I was doing during my cafe visit (working on my next course) and so my sketches were super quick.
I then headed out for my outing with my head full of ideas. The staircase sketch was an example of a ‘nothing’ sketch ie. no clear idea of what I was doing, randomly working without a plan. I did this sketch as a way of clarifying some of the common problems I see in my student’s work – the problems I will be addressing in the new course.
It started to rain so I ended up at the Palace Tearoom (in the QVB) again and did a super quick ink only sketch of the view from my table. The QVB interior is very complex so it was fun to do this simplified version. I filmed bits of the teacup sketch – see here.
BTW 1. There are two spreads which I did this week that are missing from this collection as they will get separate articles.
BTW 2. One other advantage of this book is that it fits on my scanner so one third the time to prepare images for this article!
Ah! that was a good week of sketching – how was yours?