Sketchbook Feature Article for SEGD

 My sketchbook, intended for me until now.

My sketchbook, intended for me until now.

Earlier in the month, I was asked to submit images from my sketchbook. I thought: How did they know sketchbooks mean so much to me? Did I say something?

My sketchbooks were for intended for me—and few others—until now, as I was asked to share them. I view my sketchbook as diaries to express an interior monologue. Any given page represents half-thoughts and impressions I may have about a project, but page after page reveals the evolution of a concept. Leafing through, I often recall what I ate, whom I was with, or where I was when I made a certain mark, regardless of the journal’s age.

 My books are neither pretty nor legible.

My books are neither pretty nor legible.

I put little care into my mark making. I have fleeting moments to explore ideas, thus quantity and speed of exploration over quality of line work is my maxim. My books are neither pretty, nor at times legible—coffee or wine stain, bent cover and lost spine are no issue for me. While not precious, losing a book, however, might lead to months of anxiety. Thankfully, I believe I still have ALL of them.

See the full article and images here: https://segd.org/environmental-graphic-design/sketchbook/features

John deWolf