The importance of sketching

As an artist and craft maker, I never forget to have a notebook close by at all times. I have different books for different jobs and rooms in my workshop and home.

What's important in a notebook to me is the paper. Plain is best, good weight, off white and good for fountain pen or pencil. Why am I writing about notebooks? Because they help to develop a creative process, to make ideas turn from a thought to a sketch to a plan with lines, variations and hopefully an end result.

2am sketch time really seems to be the best time of night. I've had ideas trawling around my head, this way and that.

Then ping it arrives the visual image I've been waiting for.

brad quarless