Like a short story, a sketch really only has enough room to fully develop one idea or one character on the page.
Perhaps because I identify so strongly with my ADHD, I think of myself as a sketch artist. Sketching gives me the freedom to produce work without planning. Of course, this means that some of my best work ends up with a line down the middle and scribbled notes as background.
Fold Out Sketchbooks
These sketchbooks can be unfolded or read page-by-page as traditional books. They allow me to build on themes and to create stories.
Royal Ontario Museum Sketchbook
When I sketch visiting exhibits, I feel as though I am being mentored by historical movements and cultures. I often visit an exhibit many times before an element reveals itself to me. Some piece or motif will hold my attention. I will come back to feel its influence and practice drawing it again and again. After a time, I absorb it into the way that I see and think about art.
I love drawing passengers on the subway. The subway is always in between places. People sit very still and seem less self conscious of their bodies and their faces. They make for quiet, contemplative portraits. Unposed.
I used these notes to make a paper replication of a Medieval picture frame.
These notes formed the basis of a large dynamic map of the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood.
These are notes for art classes that I taught through Karma Creative Studios.
These pieces represent standalone images, and in my sketchbooks. Although I do use sketchbooks as a place to work out ideas, I am very interested in the idea of the sketchbook as a satisfying, personal end state, to be opened carefully and understood as a final product.