I have a small sketchbook with a black roller pen always tucked in the spiral binding. It’s a 5″ x 7″ Robert Bateman with 50 pages. The pages are thick and smooth – ideal for a pen and for drawing on both sides of the page. I bring it with me most places I go. Ideally I’d draw something different everyday. Last night, for instance, I did gesture drawings of hockey players on t.v. (I’ve never been good at following the game anyway).
We just went on a recent family trip to Tofino. I usually bring my camera, but this time couldn’t find where I put it. I quickly came to the realization that if I don’t have my camera with me, I am way more likely to sketch. In the end, I found I may have created even better memories of this trip than taking photos. Partly it’s because if I’m sketching, my son sits beside me and “stetches” too.
Image: My son with “crown” toque at Long Beach