Drawing folks at the coffee place, which just happens to be the coffee place nearest to home a.k.a. shortest limping distance thanks to my broken toe.
The first page of a sketchbook for me is always the most nervous one; it’s the first impression and the one that the rest of the sketchbook, and in fact, you’re whole artistic repertoire, will be judged upon by the masses.
Actually, aside from the nervousness factor, none of that is actually true, but I did want to inaugurate my new sketchbook with something special. The image of sketchbook and art supplies as skull-and-crossbones popped into my head, and then quickly onto the first page.
This drawing dates back to 6/12/11, and was done with a fountain pen.
Actually, it’s already a month old. Still, it’s my newest sketch book and I’m quite happy about that. You see, my previous sketchbook took over two years to fill out. Being saddled down with a full-time job amongst other “full-times” left me with little time, energy, or creativity to let me add new drawings. It indeed represented just how atrophied I’d become creatively and in my drawing abilities.
Well, I’d decided that was enough! My desire was for a Moleskine, but having done so little drawing and sketching over the years, I felt that I hadn’t yet warranted the purchase of such a neat and trendy, yet pricey, little sketchbook that I might not use as often as I’d like, nor display into it any creative bravado or confidence. Hence, my selection shown above.
This newest sketch book is a spine-bound 4″ x 6″ hard cover. It’s cheap, and the fact that I can’t tear the pages out if I felt that a drawing wasn’t good enough (something I could and did do quite often in my previous book) means that I have to commit to whatever I draw.
So good luck to me, and thank you in advance to anybody who takes the time to visit this blog and view my drawings.
– Jason Pearlman