Chicago Sketchbook Work

Not surprisingly, much of the excitement and practice of new work and future work starts in a sketchbook. This winter put me in a position that I was able to consistently (and increasingly) work in my sketchbook. Not only was I able to unlock some consistency I haven't had since grad school, but I was able to look at work in new and interesting ways. Over the course of the few months there were some rough patches and great discoveries.

 Work beginning with basic figures in ink - more of traditional sketches I've been posted on Instagram.

Work beginning with basic figures in ink - more of traditional sketches I've been posted on Instagram.

 Trying to explore, discovering more energetic line work. More electric pencil line work.

Trying to explore, discovering more energetic line work. More electric pencil line work.

 While never perfect - a lot of the framing ended up simplifying as I worked to find new ways of abstracting the figure. Still not sure it's terribly effective - but it was as exciting as a lot of work I'd been creating lately.

While never perfect - a lot of the framing ended up simplifying as I worked to find new ways of abstracting the figure. Still not sure it's terribly effective - but it was as exciting as a lot of work I'd been creating lately.

 Ever simplifying the line and working with vigor I started to find exciting avenues for new confidence I've found in my artwork.

Ever simplifying the line and working with vigor I started to find exciting avenues for new confidence I've found in my artwork.

Ultimately, working in a sketchbook is an act of bloodletting. There were some terrible pages and sketches and drawings. Side-eyed looks from other people at the coffee shop (getting caught!). Working in its pages is as a confessional for the artist. Sins and Successes. Motivation and Failure.

More next time...Keep on eye out for a new piece later today/tomorrow!