I actually finished my 3rd sketchbook back in August, but I haven’t taken the time to film a little sketchbook tour video. I like doing those because they hold me accountable, but I’ve also received wonderful feedback from people who have shared how it’s encouraged them. Keeping a sketchbook really has changed me as an artist. It’s helped me to loosen up, try more mediums, experiment, and explore in ways I didn’t feel as free to on a panel or on a piece that was supposed to be “finished” and good enough to sell. I’m falling in love with watercolors, pen & ink, and charcoal. I think oil will always be my first love with it comes to art mediums, but I’m enjoying the growth in other mediums. I’m also learning that growth in one medium helps you grow in others. I’m getting better at interpreting what I see in different ways.
If you’d like to see my first two sketchbook tours and read about what I learned filling them, you can read those blog posts here…
The third sketchbook is a Pentalic Aqua Journal (affiliate link), which has wonderful, thick pages that accept watercolor and acrylics well in addition to ink and graphite. I customized it by adding my own woven ribbon marker. You can read about how I make little customizations to my sketchbooks HERE and HERE.
In this sketchbook, I wanted to purpose to do more with color, so I added watercolor and acrylics to some of my pencil sketches. I love how some of them turned out!
Here is a sketchbook tour video, so you can see all of the pages and get more details on the mediums I used and the artists I studied.
Master studies are my favorite to do in my sketchbook. I learn so much from them! This Caillebotte study in acrylics is one of my favorites in the sketchbook.
I haven’t had time to be at the easel or in my sketchbook as much lately as I would like, but the book launch and other freelance projects have kept me pretty busy. I hope to get back to them as we move into the holiday season. Last Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks were filled with art classes, painting, and creating, and it was such an enriching and joyful time. I hope to get that again this year.
Whether you keep a sketchbook, daybook, journal, gardening notebook, a project book, etc. it’s important to keep a record of something. Our memories just aren’t rich or accurate enough to show us our true growth and it’s a valuable thing to recognize, even if it’s just kept for yourself.