The bridal stationery line is still my main focus and I'm now working on compiling the catalog with the help of Scott at Art Ink. It's exciting new territory for me and I am so grateful for Scott's objective input. Hopefully between us both we'll produce an easy-to-follow catalog that showcases the bridal cards to their best advantage. I'll give you a sneak peek...... soon... : )
In the meantime, you my have noticed that I haven't been producing any new art. All my energies have been focused on the bridal catalog although a little voice in my head keeps whispering.... no, make that almost yelling!... that I need to pick up a pencil or brush and doodle in my sketchbook if nothing else.
Which brings me to the subject of sketchbooks. Over the past months I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing pages from other people's sketchbooks -- like Koosje Koene's (to view her blog click here), Connie's (which you can view on her blog here and here) and Amna Mehwish's (view her blog here) to name just a few. (Koosje and Amna are fellow participants in the "Creative Courage" online course by Stephanie Levy.) I think people who share sketchbook pages are quite brave, as our sketches are rather personal and aren't polished works of art. The ladies I mentioned above have inspired me to be brave. Since I don't have any new art to share at the moment (sorry Amna... I know your comment on a previous post told me not to stop painting again...but this time it's for a good cause.... honest!) I thought I'd share a few pages from my sketchbook.
My sketchbook started as a place to draw. That's it... pencil drawings...plain and simple...
|New ferns unfurling in spring|
|The Dallas Road waterfront in Victoria|
|Summer rose hip|
|Testing out felt tipped drawing pens and Copic colour markers.|
|Experimenting with coloured pencils while reading a book on botanical illustration.|
|Playing with pastels.|
It would be ideal if I could discipline myself to sketch regularly. I've read that regular sketching contributes to making good progress technically and artistically. I know some people manage to do it daily but at this point I'd settle for once a week! However, at the moment my first priority is the bridal stationery line. After that I'll see about more sketching.
So now that we're on the subject of sketchbooks, I'd love to you what medium you use most often in your sketchbook, and what's your favourite subject?