As part of my “draw more, draw better” initiative, I signed up for the 2012 Sketchbook Project through the Art House Co-op. For $25, you pick from one of 40 themes, fill up the blank sketchbook they send you, return it, and become part of their 2012 World Tour. Thousands of sketchbooks on tour, all eventually returning and remaining a part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.
Nothing like forking over money and committing to having the sketchbook returned by a certain date to get you moving…and the thought of it being seen by the public to freeze you with fear and uncertainty.
And even though I have a theme to work from, “In 10 Minutes”, I find myself stuck on the “preciousness” of the blank sketchbook. Writers experience it with a blank page or screen. It’s where you’re hesitant to actually put those first marks or words down because you think those marks will somehow define the whole project.
THAT WILL BE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC. (Can you tell I’m being a bit ridiculous?)
I’ve heard of people tearing out the first page, rubbing dirt on it, scribbling on a page, just to get past the “blank moment”. Some writers will do a stream of consciousness writing, dumping whatever crap comes to mind, just to get thoughts and fingers moving.
I thinking of giving my book to Jack for 10 minutes and see what he does with it. Any object in the possession of three-year-old quickly loses its preciousness, I assure you.
The silly thing is that I have ideas for what to do with this “In 10 Minutes” theme. I could:
- Do 10 minute drawings
- Do 10 one minute drawings on one page
- Draw things you can do in 10 minutes
- Draw what I plan to do in 10 minutes
- Sketch a scene every 10 minutes to record its changes
That’s it. I’m handing the book over to Jack. Time to get over myself and get sketching.