The thoughts and works of a caffeine addicted artist!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
That First Spread Feeling
On Wednesday I completed my little Venezia A6 journal and enjoyed working in it so much that I started another on Thursday. I still find that first spread in a new journal a little daunting; crisp white pages that need to be filled with something spectacular to set the tone of the entire book...You know that feeling right?
Well, I've never been very happy with my first pages as a result of these apprehensions so I've come to the conclusion mentally that my first spread will no doubt be something I will wish to rip from the spine...and this spread was no exception! I broke the ice with the pages by sticking a piece of coloured paper on one of them, then I sketched my Son directly in ink. The sketch of Harry is not spectacular and the temptation to rip the paper off the page was high.
At this stage I decided it was time for some common sense, a quick reminder that this is indeed a sketchbook...my sketchbook...nothing more, nothing less. To escape the spread and all the pressure a new journal brings I decided I would finish it with a challenge: Make the best of a bad job So I went about concentrating on design elements rather than sketches, trying to build something pleasing to look at over all.
I think I rose to my challenge and made the best of a bad job.
Do I still wish I could rip it out?...You betcha' I won't though. It will grow on me. I will learn from it. My next first spread will be less daunting because of it.