Sunday, April 07, 2013

Sketchbook March '13




So I've heard artists say a sketchbook should be full of really rough sketches and it's not a place to include more finished works, which you could accuse me of doing with mine.  I draw the way I draw and that's how I've always done it.  I try to be more loose and disposable with concepts and I admire those that are, but I simply can't do it.   I don't know why, I'm just slow and deliberate, I draw it in my head first.  I marvel at those that can think on the paper and quickly whittle an idea down to it's ideal form through quick, physical iterations.  Maybe I just need to force myself to do that more often...I don't know, any insight out there?

9 comments:

Worth Dayley said...

Sketchbooks should be for whatever you want them to be. In school I grew so tired of every professor and every other student talking about how sketchbooking should be this or that or should be only for whatever. I loathed sketchbooking homework because professors would invariably insist that I do specific things in my sketchbook. I mean, I get the need to all but force a student to draw as many of us were lazy, whiny no-good hoodlums, but it got to the point where sketchbooking felt like the worst of homework and I believe that it was because other people were trying to force me to adhere to their definition or view of what sketchbooking should be.

I say screw that and just draw. That said, sketchbooks can be a great place to experiment and push yourself into unknown or uncomfortable places, so if you are so inclined, go for it, but in the end, my sketchbook is for me and yours is for you.

Gio M. said...

Dude keep doing what your doing..Who cares if it's not loosey goosey. Love these btw.

Mom Keele said...

My art sketchbooks turned into journals. Your dad's sketchbooks are what you described, a place to dump multiple ideas and whittle out creative solutions. I love your sketchbooks. When I look over your shoulder, and watch you creating something awesome...I often find myself holding my breath. It's as if your art is so real, it will vanish once it's noticed, like a wild fawn appearing on the edge of a forest glade. (I'm not sure why I wrote that last bit, but it's too fun to remove.) Love you Kevin!

David Malan said...

Yes, your doing it wrong. You'll never amount to anything this way. Sorry.
Oh, and you're holding your pencil wrong too.

Robert Pierce said...

love the cats!

Kevin Keele said...

Worth, Gio- Thanks a lot for those comments.

Dave - I hate you.

Fitz said...

Kevin,

Big fan of your stuff. It pains me to hear you speak like this. You apologizing for the level of quality in your sketchbook is like hearing a cheetah apologizing for outrunning his prey instead of sneaking up on it.

If I had one complaint it would be that you don't have more time to create and post these beautiful drawings.

Danny Allen said...

One thing's for sure, there's always room for karate cat drawings.

Ken said...

It's your sketchbook and your life - do whatever the hell you like!

For the record, they are awesome sketches. Drawings. ARTWORKS!