Aug 17, 2009


I didn't believe it when I first heard that a sketchbook can be used as a tool to discover things about yourself. I've been trying to reinvent the way I use my sketchbook to enhance my creative process. Its not an easy thing to do, so I needed some help. I love taking a peek at other people's sketchbooks. As if it holds the secret to coming up up with great ideas and the amazing power to be set free.

I was inspired by San Smith who was inspired by Gala Darling and since then I've been on the hunt by other positive artistic bloggers to stay inspired :)

I found this little gem when I was looking for info on sketchbooks. And boy was I amazed! The artists inside use so many different techniques and there are so many unique minds! I don't even know how to describe it... you'd just have to take a look for yourself if you get the chance.

I tried to reinvent my sketchbook back in January and I'm disappointed to announce that I haven't gotten too far since then. It got too difficult to keep up with that darn calendar that I set up. I decided that that's not how I wanted it to be. It was too constricting when I wanted to think freely. I picked up my sketchbook months later with another approach and I came up with this:

I know it looks negative... but this was a huge revelation for me. I realized how unhappy I was. And then I thought, what makes me happy and what can I do about it?

I needed something to look forward to! So I'm planning 2010! These are pretty vague, but the most important step was to figure out what I want. Now I just have to figure out how to get there and I'll be using my sketchbook to help me!

I've been doing a lot of thinking and I've finally figured out what I want to do. I can't reveal my super secret project yet. Its taking a lot of planning but I have a good feeling that my project will finally get me off the ground! And I can't explain it, but I also have this feeling that there is no room for failure. I really hope I can find success in it. Ah! I'm so excited!

Here's another random page from my sketchbook:

I've been trying out different techniques every week. This is when I was learning transfer techniques. Last week was watercolors. Next week I think I might continue on with the watercolors. Its really fun so far!

Here are a few other artists that I like to check out:
Julianna Swaney
Clever Nettle
I don't know her name but her work is awesome!
Skottie Young

Its only Monday... let's make it a great week!
<3 Sarah

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you for this post sarah! i added all of the blogs you recommended for inspiration....