I find hunting for new sketchbooks really important. Even though I have more than I need, it seems like the one on the shelf in that baby blue colour is the one I was looking for all my life. Yeah, right.
MA’ BABE LOVES ME a n i l l u s t r a t i o n f r o m m y s k e t c h b o o k
But let’s go back to that day when I got myself an A3 sketchbook, it had a plain black cover that gave you a leather feeling and most importantly – the perfect thickness of paper for my work. I knew I wanted to challenge myself, to see how well I can handle the size, composition. And to my big surprise…I feel in love with it. I started drawing some illustrations, then the pages were filled with university projects. I can see that many of my course mates were struggling to produce a good-looking portfolio, the reason to that might be that they are doers, and yes some part of me is the same, most of the time I don’t need to sit down and work on something, the ideas come to my head with a single ‘click’. But the experience has proved that sometimes it can be really difficult to handle the ‘rain of thoughts’ without a sketchbook and a pencil. Now it is even nicer, you actually sit down and THINK about the process, possible failures, what might be right or wrong to do, what is necessary and the ideas won’t disappear that quickly, you start to put them in orders, or you have time to actually explore them or play around with them. Another reason might be, that they don’t know the purpose of it or they don’t know how to build it, or maybe they just don’t like it in general. But in some cases your portfolio can help the audience to actually GET your idea, get your way of working. And believe me, when you wake up, pack your bag and take your sketchbook with you, you feel like you carrying something so important, it becomes like a diary to you. Your little ‘baby’ as I like to joke around about it sometimes. Or maybe it’s just me, I have to admit that before the uni I had know idea of what was the right way or wrong way to build up your portfolio. I had had one before, and it was everything in one place. But know I guess I start to understand what it’s all about. It can often be a reflection of You. So give it one more chance, sit down and work on it. And then, hopefully, fall in love with that. Sketching.