Sketchbook 2023

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I’ve tried various times in the past to keep a journal, and usually it fizzles out very quickly. Bullet Journalling was more my speed for some time, but it was mainly to-do lists interspersed with a few notes for ideas. These days I have less free time to need organising, so that style of journal isn’t so relevant for me.

This time, I’m trying a looser and more visual approach. At the start of the year I bought myself an inexpensive, plain page notebook and refilled my old foutain pen. I’m not forcing myself to draw or write in it every day, although most days I do. Sometimes they’re simple ink sketches, others I’ve tried to experiment with watercolour paint (not the best choice for this paper unfortunately). Sometimes it’s about my day or referencing photos I’ve taken, other times it’s whatever I feel like drawing. There are some ideas and notes, but no to-do lists. It’s not neat, or cohesive, or well thought out. There is no pressure to be consistent or maintain a high standard, as I try to Optimise for curiousity, not productivity It’s just fun and exploratory.

Here’s a few pages so far.

Photo of a sketchbook page - journal about a day off in the city with my son

Photo of a sketchbook page - journal about picking grapes

Photo of a sketchbook page - plein air sketching in Hyde Park

Photo of a sketchbook page - highlighter sketches of galahs

Photo of a sketchbook page - highlighter sketches from a garden in Japan

Photo of a sketchbook page - ink and watercolour sketches about camping

Photo of a sketchbook page - highlighter sketch of kookaburra in a tree

Photo of a sketchbook page - highlighter sketch of banksias and birds on a power line

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