Keeping a sketchbook has always been a hustle for me. I always saw it as a chore, a piece of extra work. This changed when I stopped giving myself so much pressure to create beautiful art, but rather made it become a fun activity to let loose and try new things. I also enjoyed documenting the process of my art.
The next few pictures show my favourite pages from my sketchbooks. These include very loose sketches, a lot of trees and a few architectural sketches.
I use my sketchbook to create loose flowy art, as compared to my digital drawings that are more detailed and clean. I enjoy creating sketches without much pressure to turn them into something, yet I often find these same sketches are the ideas behind bigger illustrations. An example of this is this watercolour painting of a street scene here in Accra. What was just a burst of inspiration became the main idea that triggered my desire to create a book about Ghana (which btw I am still in the process of creating, and although it has been slow, I am enjoying it).
To see more from my sketchbook check out this video on Youtube that includes all the ugly unfinished pages too.
I hope this inspires you to keep a sketchbook, because it doesn’t have to be perfect.