Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sketchbook analysis

Lesley at Printed Material has posted some of her sketch book pages as one of her friends has asked how people use theirs.  I have stacks of them as I always have a book by my chair and a few pens and pencils. So I picked half a dozen that were easily accessable - one dates back 15 years - and looked for common subjects running through out. 
Firstly a draw a lot of faces.  There are a lot of them, often done from the television. Occassionally I can even recognise a TV personality, here are a selection with a few close ups.
My favourite drawing tool is a waterproof 0.1 or 0.3 drawing pen.

Another common subject in all my books are cats.  Several of these are of Tess - cat before Marvin, she was a pretty little Siamese cross.

Here is Tess in Karisma colour pencils, sadly no longer available.


I am also fond of drawing flowers and often buy an inexpensive bunch to draw if there are none in the garden.


When you can't find any other subjects there are always body parts - your own hands and feet I mean.  They are always available!



When all else fails I just let my imagination run riot.



These drawing very rarely lead to anything ... but I'm sure they must say something about me.  Perhaps I am just at the bottom of a hole with all my art work trying to get out!
Jill

21 comments:

marigold jam said...

I do wish I could draw and/or paint. Your sketch books look great to me. I am sure you are not at the bottom of a hoe at all and if your sketches don't go anywhere it is probably because your art work has gone towards textiles lately. There are still only 24 hours in each day (or so they say but I don't really believe it) and you do such lovely embroidered textiles and stunning photography you can't do it all can you?!!

Hope you have had the same lovely day we have had here? It's been so sunny although still chilly.

J

flutterbycrafter said...

Phew, wondered where we were going with the body parts, lol. Ooooo this drawings are fabulous, you're so talented xx

Cheryl said...

wow how i would love to draw,these really are amazing drawings,you are so talented,hugs cheyrl xxxx

Leenie said...

Jill, your sketchbooks are an inspiration! Continuing to work at anything and it becomes easier. You're a good example to follow.

You've really got a hand (and feet) in the drawing world. Hands and feet are so revealing both in the amount of skill of the artist and the personality of the subject. I hope someday we can meet and share. I would love to meet Marvin too.

You may enjoy this site: http://vihart.com/doodling/
she talks fast but her work is fun to follow.

Eileen said...

Wonderful pictures Jill - it's inspiring to see your work. I am getting better at keeping notebooks with scraps of inspiration and hope to move towards occasional sketches soon.

Thank you so much for sharing these.

Gina said...

Your drawing is fabulous Jill and I'm sure it feeds into your work even if it's indirectly. Love the faces.

Su said...

Lovely to see how you use your sketchbooks - your drawings are lovely. I love the cats.

Lizzie said...

Great to see all your sketchbooks, Jill! I love your cat drawings and the flower ones are wonderful - definitely a strength of yours! I like the doodles - it's apparently very healthy to doodle, so you must have a really healthy psychological state!

WrightStuff said...

Your work is incredible - so detailed and full of life.

I have to take one of my cats to the vet tomorrow for dental treatment. She isn't going to be happy.... especially as she's on nil by mouth now until afterwards!

Ticking stripes said...

Great post Jill - love your work. Not sure about the body parts - the ageing process is very unfriendly!

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, you really are an amzing artist :-)

Printed Material said...

Jill,
Thanks for joining in. These are as stunning as I expected them to be.I think the same as you - sketchbook work doesn't have to lead to anything in particular. It is often just the 'vehicle' to keep all of our drawings in. The main thing is the 'doing'. Love the drawings of the hands. If mine looked as sculptural as yours maybe I'd give it a go!! Lesley

Menopausal musing said...

How I ENVY your ability to draw hands and feet........... A stunning collection of sketchbooks. Thank you for sharing.

Emma said...

No, I rarely watch the news, as NZ was mentioned I thought I ought.

Your sketchbooks are wonderful.It's my biggest regret that I have no sketchbooks from Art college (30 yrs ago!)- maybe i'll find one when my parents have a clear out!Nor do I have any from all the wonderful workshops I've done - the odd scribbled note. Maybe I thought my samples weren't worthy? Starting the squares last year & putting them in 2 big books was such a joy & I'm keeping up with samples this year (ok, haven't made the sketchbook yet!)Your work & method sharing are an inspiration, thank you.

Flipped thru Exp Textiles last week while Chatting to Kim T! It's on my list - time for more Magnums so I can iron & paint the wrappers again!

Sue Brown said...

Thankyou for joining in the debate with such enthusiasm. Wonderful to see such a sketch book passion in practice. X

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Nice to see your sketches and impromptu drawings Jill - and there's a link with the passing of time, too - a visual diary, a thread that continues with your calendar books. x

Heloise said...

You are very gifted.

Sandra Hall said...

Your drawings are fabulous Jill, I am in awe :)x

naperie said...

Thanks for sharing your sketchbooks.. real verve and variety. Love the skill and energy. Inspiring. ~Fiona

Amelia said...

this is fascinating. I always long to know how people approach their creative processes and seeing this is great. It is so very different from how I use my sketchbook - there seems to be a lot of writing that ends up in there too. Thanks for sharing :)

Amelia.x

Joy said...

Jill, you are an incredibly talented, and prolific artist. Your artwork is detailed, beautiful, serene, and imaginative. I never tire of seeing all that you can do. I like the colored Tess, very pretty.