Sketchbooks and paper

Sketchbooks are places for ideas and thoughts to be developed. This is one page taken from one of the sketchbooks I am working on at the moment. I like to re-work old sketchbooks, to find spaces to re-develop old drawings and re-visit ideas I was working on in the past.

The sketchbook is where you develop yourself and define your artistic direction. No artists should be without one. Revisiting old ideas is always a source of inspiration. It is very difficult to appreciate what lives in the now and only by going back in time can one re-evaluate past moments.

What seems inconsequential in the present can often take on new meaning and resonance when time has passed. The you that looks again at the you in the past, is a re-born you . Ideas are incremental by nature, they take time to shuffle into place and have meaning.

Looking at art is important but the act of at looking at your old ideas is the only way that your art can develop.

What type of sketchbook you purchase is a personal choice but has no bearing on the sketches you make. The point is to fill your sketchbooks with notes, observations and all kinds of drawings and rough ideas.

Ideas take shape and become in meaning the more you interact with them. Always keep your sketchbooks around you, and not hidden away. The sketchbook is where you must learn to be free unaffected by the scrutiny of others. They are private places where you give yourself time to be yourself.

The sketchbook is your heartbeat as an artist. It is the constant that unifies your art. It is where you can shape the many strands of interest into a cohesive whole, one that eventually will stand as a statement and recognizable style with which you will be recognized.

sketchbooks and paper
A sketchbook page

Author: Robin Williams

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Williams studied fine art painting in the early 80s. He has been a professional artist since working both as a portrait artist and children's book illustrator. He considers himself an abstract surrealist, searching for a tension between the real world and the abstract world which invariably results in surrealism of some nature. His work attempts to capture a transient magic and not a static place in time.