Open Sketchbooks

Going back through my older sketchbooks has been a pretty cathartic exercise. I guess it’s not until I collate concept ideas like this that I realise just how much of a project is made up of these little doodles and notes – scamps buried away in closed sketchbooks and redundant ideas archived. All the time doing their job as scrappy and quiet little pillars for each project.

Each honed and toned digital design starts like this. It’s the only way I know how to work; by delivering a kind of visual ‘mind dump’ on paper to ensure I’ve covered all bases and possible routes.

Sometimes I prefer the work before I let a computer batter the freedom and fluidity out of the ideas. Equally, there is something really exciting about seeing a scrappy sketch come to life onscreen. There’s ‘that’ moment where your idea goes digital, a make or break moment. You’ll end up either ecstatic and quietly surprised it works so well or crippled with creative self-doubt as it doesn’t look quite right or you’ve missed the concept and you know you have to go back to the drawing board and try harder. Oh, I’m familiar with that one!

These snippets into the guts of my projects are crude and certainly not incredible as far as sketches go, but to me and my work they are important nonetheless and I’m more than happy to share some of them with you.

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