There are many artists who have beautifully designed sketchbooks with coherent themes where each page is neatly laid out, each composition carefully considered, thoughtfully executed. I am sadly not one of these, much as I'd like to be! Instead, mine are chaotic, messy and random affairs. Mostly my sketchbooks (I tend to have 5 or so going at once) are drawings from life, done quickly while I'm on the go, with brush pens. The pages are usually primed with watercolor and scumbled with gouache, which, depending on the book, causes the pages to buckle and warp. There are good drawings and bad; sometimes drawings have been painted over, sometimes they mutate into something else altogether. There are bold statements and half-baked ideas. The result is a big sprawling mess with, I'd like to think, moments of interest.
I wanted this one to have a similar feeling, though this time I actually went through the trouble of sticking to a theme: I drew skulls and skeletons from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco over several visits. Like my personal sketchbooks, there are good drawings and bad, reflecting the my varying states of mind or other environmental factors.
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