Though I spend most of my day job tweaking schedules and managing projects, I'm an artist at heart and am always on the search for new mediums to explore. For me, the Sketchbook Project was an exercise to help me create regularly. Having been away from drawing and painting for far too long, I wanted to challenge myself to fill the pages of my sketchbook in my 3-month window. Although this might seem like a lot of time to illustrate 32 pages, I really had to push myself to make time to create. My illustrations explore the spiritual pull of nature I believe most people feel, even if we don't understand where it comes from and why it's inside us. Though the paper wasn't particularly conducive to watercolors, I chose this medium coupled with pigment ink, and experimented with patterns in nature and exploring texture through the use of varying shapes and lines. The thinner paper forced me to paint quickly and lightly, treating the watercolors more like gouache, and I became less concerned with "perfect" form and technique and began to paint more intuitively as time went on. I love the freedom this gave me, allowing me to break out of the box I tend to put myself in when I paint with watercolors.
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