Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The New Sketchbook

I'm teaching an illustration class this semester at The Art Institute. As part of the class, our students are required to fill two pages of their sketchbooks each day. At the end of the semester, they should have a sketchbook full of 100 pages of observations and interesting work. Because I'm requiring my students to sketch more often, I'm going to be sketching more every day, as well.

I need the practice. People don't think about this very often, but if you're in any kind of creative profession, you need to practice just as much as a musician to stay at the top of your game. I need to get to the top of my game. So I bought this cool sketchbook.

It's from Hobby Lobby. Bought it with a 40% off coupon (thank you, Hobby Lobby, for providing those practically every week). It's got handmade paper and hand-bound pages. 100% recycled paper, 100% cotton fiber. The paper is really nice to sketch and paint on—some of the best sketching paper I've ever used. I joke that finding the right sketchbook is like seeking the Holy Grail. I think I might have found mine.

Why all the witches and one gangster/mafia dude? Don't know. More sketches to come.


Cara said...

I was just at Hobby Lobby and saw they were having some big sales on canvases and things and I wondered if you guys had one close and if you knew about the sales. Happy to know that Hobby Lobby is your friend too. :)

The sketch book looks amazing.

janae said...

Two answers to your question:

1) Halloween is coming.
2) I just read a book about the mafia and you know it.

That's why. I love the colorful sketchbook!