I decided to do the Sketchbook Project as a way to get me motivated and drawing again after a bit of a break. The subject matter evolved over the year as I got a bit stuck trying to come up with content which matched my chosen theme, 'Familiar Friends'. In the end, I just felt like drawing a collection of women in black and white - some familiar faces (friends?!) and some just from my imagination. These faces are from different places and moments in time. In a way, these women reflect the changing perception of how female beauty has been perceived throughout history up until the present. My inspiration came from film annuals (1920's to 1950's), magazines (Franky, Yen), art exhibitions, Google image searches and Instagram. I enjoyed the experience of searching for reference material and coming up with a look, feel and style which would remain consistent throughout the book. I chose to use simple black and white line work using Copic Multiliners (0.05, 0.1, 0.25 and SP brush style) on the right hand pages only at first. I tried to keep the style very precise and detailed which evolves throughout the book. Just before it was due to post away, I decided I wanted to completely fill the book so added some very freestyle sketchy drawings using a regular fine ballpoint pen on the left hand side starting from the back and working though to the front (again, the style probably evolves). I chose pen as it doesn't show through the paper whereas copics do. Pen gave me the added challenge of drawing directly to the page without any pencil sketching. They're not perfect but I like the detail that can be achieved and the sketchy movement. I don't really consider myself to be an artist, I just enjoy the process of drawing and filling what was once a blank book with completed drawings. I've always enjoyed drawing the female form and exploring different shapes, sizes, features, folds in clothing and hair styles. Really nothing more complex than that! I hope you enjoyed looking through this sketchbook as much as I enjoyed creating it. See more of my drawings on Instagram @l_j_mcdonald
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