EXERCISE 1.1 WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SKETCHBOOK?

DO YOU ALREADY KEEP A SKETCHBOOK?

No, I previously used to draw on loose sheets of paper and used to upload my doodles onto Instagram (My instagram account: lovemelovemyboat). I guess my instagram account kind of served the purpose of a sketchbook in keeping a record of my doodles.

IS IT AN EXTENSION OF YOU?

At the moment, I can’t really say that it is an extension of me yet, although I hope that it would be in the future.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Although it’s not my best friend at the moment, I can imagine that in the future it might hold some of my secrets or expressions of my feelings, thoughts and ideas unknown to my friends. So, I guess it could serve as a best friend and emotional outlet.

IS IT JUST A FUNCTIONAL OBJECT THAT HOLDS YOUR IDEAS?

Yes, it serves a functional purpose as a collection of random thoughts, ideas and creative experiments. After working on several ideas, I’ve been enjoying using my sketchbook as a scrapbook like art journal. So far, I found my inspiration for my sketchbook from daily connections with random thoughts and ideas.

ARE YOU SCARED OF YOUR SKETCHBOOK?

I don’t think I am scared of it, although I did find it hard to start the first sketchbook entry. I think the first time I used it, I left a couple of pages open in the front of it.

VISUALISE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SKETCHBOOK:

I used my illustrations sketchbook and created a visualisation of my relationship with my sketchbook. I used graph paper as background. I made a big thinking bubble in the middle of the 2 pages, using marker and adding a variety of colours using acrylic paint. I used a photograph of my face and drew (using micron pen and promarkers) doodles of myself during different daily activities. I cut them out and arranged the doodles around the thinking bubble to represent how I go about my daily activities while having creative ideas which I could later explore in my sketchbook. I then printed out a tiny version of some of my previous sketchbook entries and made it into a little book to glue & stick inside the thinking bubble.

I made another visual representation of my relationship with my sketchbook, by making a rainbow collage of my ideas, thoughts and feelings which would end up in my sketchbook. The collage represents the rainbow of creative thoughts that move from my life and mind onto the sketchbook pages.

RESPONSE TO OCA QUESTIONNAIRE COMMENTS:

Comments that relate to me at the moment: green

Comments that I would like to apply to my sketchbook process in the future: pink

WHAT DID YOU NOTICE ABOUT YOUR SELECTIONS? / CAN YOU IDENTIFY THEMES OR AREAS THAT YOU CAN FOCUS ON AS YOU START THIS COURSE?

I prefer working on loose sheets of paper that I can pin onto a pin board. I find loose sheets of paper more flexible and practical to use. I will need to find a way to combine working on loose sheets of paper and keeping a sketchbook. I hope that in time, using a sketchbook will become part of my daily routine. In the future, I would like to learn to use my sketchbook as both an emotional/ creative outlet as well as a functional tool.

NAME: Juanita du Toit

STUDENT NUMBER: 522438

COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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