My studio sketchbook is filling up with one-line drawings done to help me loosen up and practice my hand-eye coordination. Since I have been painting rabbits, many of the pages are filled with little rabbits.
|Morning Joshua Tree. Approx. 4 x 3 inches, charcoal.|
Usually, I safeguard my sketches and drawings. I think there should be something that I do as an artist that doesn't have to be put on display for the public eye. That way, I don't feel pressure to produce a beautiful sketch or drawing every time. For every successful drawing, there are a pile of unsuccessful ones, and those can stay hidden in the sketchbook, or be crumpled and thrown in the trash. (the REALLY bad ones might even be torn into shreds before I throw them, satisfyingly, in the garbage.) Every now and again something good comes from all of this scribbling. I don't mind showing the good ones. The rest of them will live their lives in secret.