Monday, 11 January 2016

Sketchbook Revival - A Fresh Start

2016 is looking like a productive year.  Reflecting on last year however I feel like so many of the goals I set myself were, well, unrealistic. 

This year I gave myself two key words, RECONNECT and FOCUS

I want to reconnect with my sketchbook, I tried too many times last year to force myself to use it daily (think drawlloween and sketchmas) and neither worked because I was making drawing into a chore, into 'oh my god I haven't drawn this weeks prompts' and the guilt that came with that made me want to draw even less.  
Saying that, if all goes to plan then by the time October and December roll around I may take part in drawing challenges again especially sketchmas as I had a lot of fun with Kayla creating the prompts and building excitement for our challenge and so many people joined in, that sense of community was fantasic. 

I also want to reconnect with this blog, this ties into my word focus too as I feel like consistency is key here, I want this blog to grow and I want art/creativity to come back into my daily (maybe weekly) schedule.  After leaving university I feel like all I want is to have a space to be creative and share and explore ideas but I spend so much time forcing that action and then drift away from my goals when other things come up.  This year I would like to be consistent and focus on how I spend my time (hopefully changing wasted time into be productive)

For the new year I wanted a fresh start and I felt like a new sketchbook would symbolise that nicely.

I've got a bit of a 90's vibe going on with the colour scheme.

Part of this fresh start is making these pages something I am proud of, and so far it's looking like it will take a turn towards journaling.  Guess what movie I've seen recently...

Alongside this in the theme of focus, I've given my Filofax a makeover I think this will encourage me to use it more, and probably be a lot more organised.  (Plus one real 'goal' for the year of I NEED to learn to drive)

Have you got any goals for your sketchbook this year? 
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