Wow, I'm really rolling on my proj: exhibition sketchbook! Last night and this morning I completed four more pages, and enjoyed every moment of it. If you haven't had a chance to see my first 6 pages, feel free to check them out. Four new pages and related notes are included below for your viewing pleasure (click on an image to see a larger version):
Pages 7 & 8: Decided to try a full spread, discussing my old reliable PowerBook Duo 230, which sits on the right side of my office desk. This wonderful little laptop is a pivotal piece of technology in my life, as it helped me meet many good friends online and to land my position at MakaluMedia. It traveled to Germany and Sweden with me. Beyond sentimental value, my love of using a modular computing devices came from experiences with the Duo system.
Pages 9 & 10: This was a new approach for a sketchtoon in this book — moving away from inanimate objects to people. This morning at my local café I sat and sketched the most interesting people I saw, making up commentary about each one. My biggest fear was being approached by one of the subjects to see my “scribbling” — fortunately none did.
Notes on Sketchtooning
Interestingly enough, I'm finding the act of diving in on a blank page of this notebook with a black gel pen a great challenge, because once I start sketching, I can't erase. This action requires a bit of confidence, and the ability to go with the flow of the drawing.
In fact, I'm intentionally avoiding planning out the page, letting it draw itself instead. Why? Because as a web and graphic designer I've been trained to organize and plan out my layouts. While this is fine for professional projects, I wanted to capture a more spontaneous look with these sketches — like a child draws as they feel — rather than following a well-organized plan. I've found the use of ink and non-planning of sketches very refreshing. :-)
Thanks to everyone who commented on the first 6 pages from the sketchbook, posted on Monday night! As with those sketches, I'd love to hear your comments.