little miss bikeweek
George Pratt had us design wine labels. These are probably not quite done, but I had fun nonetheless. I did drunk writers (hunter s. thompson, hemingway, fitzgerald) for mine. Apologies to Mr. Dalluhn for messing up the good doctor.
And a few of the more finished sketchbook pages lately
I've been working a lot in my sketchbook, but it has become more academic than expressive. This year, I think my favorite sketchbook was actually the one I started over the summer. It was small, maybe 4x6, and had that brown recycled paper. I could fit it in my pocket or purse pretty easily, and I feel like the stuff I did in there was a lot more fun and honest. Smaller sketchbooks feel more personal for me, I guess, since I can get down a lot of information quickly.
During our whole time at ringling, it seems there has been too much emphasis on sketchbooks, and on having cool sketchbooks. So many professionals don't even think about it I bet, trying to make cool sketchbook pages. It's probably just "a place to draw" for them, and in some respects, that's what it needs to be. I think James Jean's sketchbooks, and all the other cool sketchbook artists, created a kind of benchmark that everyone is kind of mistakenly takes as "how your sketchbook should look". The result usually ends up being just a completely self aware attempt at making james jean style sketchbooks. Maybe?
Maybe not. Either way, I like drawing. I like seeing my friends' drawings. I don't mind doing bad drawings, if it means that some of them will be better in the future. Too much emphasis on the perfect sketchbook, or too many "hey can I see your sketchbook"s and everyone will be scared of doing bad drawings. And that would be a shame. Bad drawings can be pretty fun too.