I was not a normal child.
When most kiddos were carrying around their Barbies and action figures, I had my sketchbook. I was obsessed with doodling. My subject matter of choice was people-- mostly women with various hairdos, makeup styles, and outfits. I designed my wedding dress when I was about 8 years old, with long bell-shaped sleeves, an off-the-shoulder neckline, and a space age-looking tiara on top of my teased bangs (thank goodness I didn't have to commit to that bridal look way back then!)
I see kids now with their individual handheld DVD players on family road trips and earbuds in their ears and I can't help but think back to the endless hours in the car on the way to Florida each summer, drawing hundreds of faces, faces, faces. I wonder how my creativity may have developed differently if I had an iPad in my hand instead of a pencil.
To this day, I still carry around my sketchbook everywhere. I use it to practice techniques, to brainstorm new products, and to record the zillions of ideas (good AND bad), that float through my head each day.
I "braindump" often; getting all of those thoughts on paper and out of my head makes it easier to sort through them, weed out the bad ideas, and expand on the good ones. Some of my most popular prints and products have been things that I jotted down in my sketchbook in passing, and then returned to months later and thought, "Hmm... maybe I should make something out of this." It is cathartic and constructive, fun and productive all at once.
The latest and greatest addition to my sketchbook ritual/habit/obsession is the book, 712 More Things To Draw. This is the sequel to the book, 642 Things To Draw, but I jumped right into the second one. It is basically a giant book of blank pages with drawing prompts-- like a sketchbook that tells you what to sketch! I love it because it challenges me to draw things I might not think to draw normally.
I doodle in it often and I post pics of my drawings on instagram. If you're on instagram you can follow me @MeganKBall (#712MoreThingsToDraw) and follow along as I post. I also plan to periodically post a collage of my doodles on this blog as a sort of "Sketchbook Roundup", so if you're not an instagrammer you can still see my drawings here!
Do you have a sketchbook? What sorts of things to do put in yours? What's your favorite way to keep track of ideas? Share with us in the comments or on our facebook page!