Thoughts on sketchbook keeping from various artists:
Allen Shaw, Berlin
I SPEAK through my watercolour sketches. I often tell people, “I am the sketchbook and you are my song.” It started off with a course at NID called Environmental Perception, which required us to go into villages and sketch. I have done a permanent repeat in the course since then! I have kept roughly the same academic structure from college, though. But, I still follow a structure.
For instance, I always draw a map in all my sketches.
IN MY SKETCHBOOK: Everything, right from dead fish to architecture. A residency in Finland was one of my most memorable sketching experiences. It was on a raft and, as I dangled my legs in water, I was reminded of Huckleberry Finn.
AN ARTIST’S SKETCHES I LOVE: I’d love to see sketches of the late Austrian painter, Egon Schiele.
Prashant Miranda, Toronto
I HAVE maintained sketchbooks since I was a student at the National Institute of Design — I went from keeping written diaries to visual journals. My odd sketchbooks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes in the last @ years and have now become a visual documentation of my life and travels.
There was a time when I didn’t have a camera and this was an observant way of doing that. Recipes, phone numbers, a calendar of events — practically everything goes into my sketchbook. It is the closest release for my art; when I do a series for an exhibition, it stems from the initial studies in my sketchbooks.