Everything I've posted this year have been drawings from my sketchbook - or sketchbooks with an 'S' as I've accumulated a number of them over the years. There's something exciting about a blank, brand new sketchbook. In recent years I've not regularly kept one, perhaps not since college. But I always had one and would use it for preliminary sketches on larger pieces though I found it difficult to simply sit down after a long day of drawing... and for just myself draw some more. I also take on other duties outside of sketching, drawing, or painting such as writing and this added to my distance from a regularly maintained sketchbook. However, last year I made a year-long commitment to sketch, draw or paint everyday, which I did (and so far I've predominately kept that routine this year as well). That included weekends, holidays, birthdays, vacations, Sundays or sick days. 2017 accounted for 365 straight days of sketching, drawing, or painting. And much of that was working within a sketchbook. Within those pages you get to explore. Areas you don't delve into you can and mediums or tools you've put down or are curious about you can pick up. It's great exercise and now I find it's something I don't think I can go without. If it's been a while for you too do yourself a favor and start filling up those pages.
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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