Truth be told, I haven’t been into my sketchbook much lately, and that makes me a little sad. Life has been crazy busy. Working a full time job and running a small business on the side, and trying to maintain a social life is not easy to balance. I also live alone which can be taxing in itself at times…BUT! I am learning to make it all work. It’s easy to let things slide, and I feel like I should at the very least be sketching and doodling or writing when I’m not working on any major projects. I think what I really need is to make sure I sit myself down for at least a half hour a day and doodle. It’s so important because it fuels all of my work, and it also keeps me feeling happy.
When I get off track in my work I get really bummed out. It’s like a combination of feeling guilty and lost, and then wondering why and how I let myself get so lazy about something that is clearly so important to me! Lately I’ve been thinking about creating an illustrated book as my next project, and I’m getting really excited thinking up all kinds of potential ideas. I LOVE reading other artist’s illustrated novels. Sometimes they are just bits and pieces of their lives, their travels, sometimes they are collected ideas, or moments almost like an illustrated journal. It’s fascinating to be able to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I also so admire when someone can visually share a moment in life.
I’m thinking about all kinds of ideas. I guess a good idea to illustrate and write about would be any number of the ideas that occupy my mind often. One thing I find myself thinking about is how far removed human beings have become from the earth we walk on, how far we’ve distanced ourselves from it. So many of us have forgotten what we are and where we came from. Hence these sketches that you see above. It’s easy to forget about all of this. There are a zillion distractions to help us feel a little safer, and less lost and more civilized.