Here is a quick flip-through of the three Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbooks which I filled during my recent 3 week trip to California (the Bay Area) and Texas (Austin and Dallas). To take the pressure off producing ‘good sketches’ I chose the Alpha books over Moleskine A4 landscape watercolour books which I normally use for big overseas trips.
As a result of using the more casual Alpha paper I was a lot more experimental with my sketching ie. attempted to do a lot of super fast sketches!) It was so good to simply focus on doing sketches ‘just for me’ without any expectations – more about it in this article.
Having three different sized books wasn’t something I particularly planned – it just happened that way. But it was good to have the additional challenge of changing formats a number of times during the one trip.
I intend to share more details about many of the sketches from the trip, but I think it is important to see my sketchbooks in their entirety first. I’m much more interested in creating a record of my travels and thinking about the book as a whole, rather than creating individual masterpieces.
The trip included attending a business conference, so you will see lots of written notes from the six excellent talks at seanwes2017. I will write a separate article explaining the conference and sharing some of my takeaways.
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Please let me know if you have any questions or if there are any specific sketches or aspects of my travel sketching which you would like me to discuss!