Instagram has brought sketchbook sharing to life, but sometimes I think as artists we worry if we share our rough, raw and sometimes pretty crappy sketches with the world we'll be somehow judged.
I say let's forget all that worry and just share away to inspire each other! If you follow me on Instagram you'll see I post all kinds of behind the scenes, messy, half-finished works in progress. In turn I'm also inspired by so many wonderful artists who share their process - it's about learning from others talents and skills and also letting our creativity flow.
On of my favourite quotes from Oprah (hey, I grew up in the 80s and 90s so yes, I love Oprah!) sums up just how I feel about sharing our process as artists:
We are so lucky to be in an era of technology that allows us to fall and pick ourselves back up with such a big community of supporters around us. Sharing our highs and lows makes life wonderful.
My sketchbooks are a place where I test colours, play with patterns, make little critters and use my dodgy old paints up. I don't worry about being perfect. I just play. It's just like the colouring in books exploding onto the market at the moment - it's a great way to detox your brain after a long day!
I don't mind who sees my sketchbooks as I'm comfortable with the messy side of life. I love the movement (amongst bloggers especially) to move away from the curated, pristine images of our homes, meals and kids outfits and embrace the dirty, hard, imperfect reality of just getting through our day one step at a time.
Sketchbooks are like little snapshots of where we are artistically today, yesterday or even last year. And just like fashion trends, illustration and art move through phases (google 'pineapple printable' and see how many free downloads there are!). What I'm drawing today may be totally different this time next year and just like photo albums, sketchbooks are fun to look back on.
My favourite thing about sketchbooks is you can use them for all kinds of future projects (like this cute canvas bag tote from my 'eyes' art journaling). If you're ever stuck for an idea, checking back on your art journal may just give you some inspiration.
I think it would be so awesome to have a family sketchbook too. A place where you can collect your kids drawings and doodles and draw each other cute pictures. I totally plan to do that if I have a family!
Do you have a sketchbook you're sharing? I'd love to see. Comment below with your instagram/twitter/periscope handles so I can follow the fun you're having!