Reasons for keeping a Sketchbook
Artists keep sketchbooks, it’s a fact. They can be any dimension, quality or price. Handmade ones are very special. But they are not just for artists. On a recent holiday I made a conscious decision not to take my camera with me. I took my sketchbook instead and here are twenty reasons for a sketchbook.
They are in no particular order:-
One – To record thoughts, emotions and responses
Two – To develop and refine the act of looking
Three – Regular use overcomes the anxieties associated with making that first mark on a blank page
Four – A place to put ideas from the head without losing them forever
Five – To aide thinking
Six – As sketchbooks evolve they become good friends
Seven – Observational sketching or drawing can be done on the bus, train, plane, when out walking, when alone at home and during your lunchbreak
Eight – They are so good at capturing and holding memories of places, people or events
Nine – They are good places to keep tickets, keepsakes and postcards
Ten – They never argue with you
Eleven – They become a constant source of inspiration for the development of creative ideas and designs
Twelve – They encourage the priority of daily creativity in our busy lives
Thirteen – There are no barriers to having a sketchbook. The activity is open to everyone the world over
Fourteen – The subject matter has no bounds – text, images, music, textiles, paint, crayon, charcoal, highlighters, collage, lines, forms, textures and stitch.
Fifteen – They can be the doorway to discovery and a new way of seeing the world
Sixteen – They encourage reflective thought. Look back over previous pages, days or weeks after they have been completed and consider how your thoughts have moved on or attitudes changed
Seventeen – They are silent objects when closed. Full of life when opened. Your life.
Eighteen – They stand in opposition to the cacophony that is social media.
Nineteen – They are personal handmade objects and that makes each one unique
Twenty – They are good for us. They provide the space in the madness of the modern world to be physically, mentally and spiritually engaged in the making of something which doesn’t need a direct power or battery supply.