I used to be pretty scared of sketching. A blank page was a bit alarming - worse still was the first page in a new notebook! I think it's partly being a perfectionist, and partly having been put off art at school.
My OCA Printmaking tutor Niki White helped by pointing me to this blog post about sketchbooks. I love the idea of a sketchbook being a friend you can bounce ideas off.
So, this year my sketchbook and I have been to Southport, Blackpool, Oxfordshire, Liverpool and Leicester. We're starting to be pretty good friends. Like any friendship, you need to put some time in together - sometimes I don't talk to my sketchbook for a week, and that's not good.
But the more time I spend with it, the easier it is. I'm more confident about using paint, not just pencils. I've even done some cut paper sketches. Might have a play with some collage some time. Who knows?
So, I'm going to show off now and post a couple of sketches I was well proud of, both from photos of statue 20 in Anthony Gormley's "Another Place" at Crosby Beach.
The first is a watercolour. Anthony Gormley has a big willy. Hee!
The second is pen and coloured pencils. Anthony Gormley's head isn't really that lumpy, it was encrusted in little barnacle-y things.