I started with the theme "connections." I noticed soon that the connection could be music (I am not a musician, although I do read music and sing in a choir), but as the book developed and came to an end, I realized the theme "textures" felt better. I began to think about texture, not only in art but also in music - and how creating a sketch is like creating a descant.
I usually began a spread with no particular destination in mind, just a process, a texture, I wanted to explore. Toward the end of the book I began to work each spread with more of a plan and a desired outcome, and to me those pages are more pleasing if less "fun" to create. (As following a descant created by a composer is often more pleasing, but less fun, than improvising your own as you go.)
I am still motivated more by process and experimentation than by desired outcome, particularly in a sketchbook. A small sketchbook of this size is wonderful for me because it is non-intimidating. I had the idea that my work didn't have to be "good" and in most cases it falls way short of my own definition of good. Even so, I am apparently motivated by the fact that others will see it, and I'm surprised by that.
This project has been self-revelatory, and I'm motivated to do more sketch-booking as a way to relax, unwind, and explore.
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