I have finished my sketch book for the Brooklyn Art Library, Sketch BookProject. http://www.brooklynartlibrary.com. The theme of my sketch book was boys and girls. Here is a page from my book. I’m going to tuck it in an envelope and send it off.
Andrew Loomis in Creative Illustration wrote “Creative art begins with creative line. Creative line can only be the line as you see it and prefer to draw it. Projecting literal contours by any artificial means can only result in stifling your most valuable asset- individuality. Draw from copy as you would from life. Have always the courage to “DRAW IT YOURSELF”. -Andrew Loomis
Sketching takes courage, especially out in public. There is always someone looking over your shoulder. The fear of being judged can cramp your hand and your style. There is also the fear of sketching someone and then having them take a look at the finished project. “Yep, that’s my nose.” But the benefits you get from sketching out way the fears. Sketching helps develop your individual line. The lines becomes your style, your energy, your signature. Have you ever watched an expert at any task? Whether it is a construction worker troweling cement or a potter working the clay, you can seen their expertise in the finished product. Their hands know how to work effectively. That is what sketching does for the artist. You can practice your line. You can sketch your ideas until you see them blossom before your eyes.