Sketchbook Project: Update 4

I really feel like I’m hitting my stride with my sketchbook. At first it seemed that I was all over the place, and I think I still am in a way, but now it’s all starting to fit together like a puzzle, and I’m creating some drawings that I really like and might translate well into larger works of art.

dream catcher
I started this drawing by using a compass to pencil-in concentric circles. Then I added little dots at random intervals on each of the circles and connected them. After that, the drawing evolved and I added feathers because it started to look like a dream catcher.

tower
As I was driving to Baltimore one afternoon, sitting in traffic, I sloooowwwwlyyy rolled by a cell phone tower, silhouetted against the sky. I was intrigued by the pattern of the bars of the tower, and how it changed as I passed it.

swooping
This is a simple sketch. I wanted to try drawing a line like variegated yarn. I think it looks pretty cute!

wheels
I’m not really sure where the inspiration for this came from, but I wanted to do another multi-color drawing like the one above it.

pretzels
Pretzels! I drew a pretzel a while ago, and I’m hooked on this motif. I thought about how pretzels are really just lines of dough twisted into the pretzel shape. To fit in with my theme, I arranged 2 dozen pretzels in a grid!

intersecting
I recently discovered an old compass set that belonged to my father. The first drawing I used one of the compasses to help me draw was the dream catcher sketch (above). The use of the compass in this drawing is a little more obvious. I really love the result! This might be my favorite page so far.

So that’s it for now. I have my work cut out for me with 18 pages down, 22 to go and 8 days to finish. Luckily I’m not drawing spreads since most of my drawings have “bled through” in an interesting manner. The bleed through on the backs of the pages is subtle and is actually the result of drawing on top of my grid guidelines. The ink from the guides actually gets rubbed off when I press firmly with a pencil while drawing. You can see this best on the pages facing the dream catcher and pretzel sketches.

14 thoughts on “Sketchbook Project: Update 4

  1. Very nice pages, my favorites are the dream catcher and the triangle cell phone tower one :-) you’ve got a lot of work but it’s really looking great!

  2. Gorgeous work! I’ve really been enjoying your sketches. My favorites are the triangle cell phone tower and the one with the small circles. The simplicity is amazing!

  3. Hey Anika,

    I really love your sketchbook work – it is so unique and your uniqueness inspires me. Congratulations, I’m sure your sketchbook will be well read on the tour!

    Bella x

    • some of them take longer than others. The ones with a lot of detail take a few hours because of all of the lines. It does take a while, but it’s kind of soothing and meditative, and I’ve really enjoyed it!

  4. Oh your journal is coming along! Just love this set. The multicolored little circles are so fun. And your cell phone tower is amazing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such an encouraging comment. It really made me feel much better about what I was doing.

    I’m going to go to the SF showing and I’ll definitely be looking for yours.

    • Hi Rhya! Thanks so much! I love your artwork too and am very happy to have stumbled upon a link to your blog. Looking forward to see what you do next!

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