Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sketchbook Mentality

In general, when you think of a sketchbook, most tend to think of a book filled with blank pages in which a person draws out ideas and sketches images.  Though I have many of these "traditional" sketchbooks, I also consider other pieces of work to be a part of that sketchbook mentality. Drawings, clay test tiles, smaller sculptures etc. . . are all a part of my sketchbook.  In the past, I have shied away from showing people my "sketches," feeling they were private pieces unintended for others to see.  I do, however, believe that it is a significant part of my thought process, and helps to inspire larger pieces.  For my thesis show, I am including a small sketchbook area in which I will compile pieces I feel are significant to display.  I have added some images below of just a few "sketches," or smaller works.

Pencil drawing (left), terracotta with raku enamel on copper (right)                                        


                                Mini shadow boxes made from Whitman's chocolate sampler boxes


  1. Regarding this post and the last one- it seems all of the questions and thoughts you're having about the human condition is seeping into how you're thinking about your work-showing the beginnings of a piece is like archeology. You're asking the viewer to "connect the dots" to understand your thought process. make sure the "dots" are about substance and not style.

  2. I think you might be doing yourself a disservice by not usually letting anyone see your sketches. It will be interesting to see them in comparison to your finished work at our show.

  3. It is interesting to see sketches with a finished piece - it's like a dissection. Sketchbooks are such a personal thing though, it's hard to let others browse through them.

  4. I'm glad you are choosing to display some of your drawings. It shows another side of your thought and making process that i have never seen before. I like the line quality of the drawing on the bottom left.