For a couple of months after receiving my blank sketchbook I thought about what to do in it, but I didn't like any of those ideas. Then one day on a walk in the rain, I noticed brilliantly coloured leaves on the wet, shiny, black sidewalk and wondered if I could possibly get that same brilliance in colour if I drew them. I walked around noticing many more things to capture as well, even the different patterns of cement aggregate under the leaves. That's when I decided what to do in the sketchbook, somehow a series of drawings of leaves that could tell some kind of story. After a few pages of leaves, I got bored with that idea alone and started noticing people watching me as I observed the leaves in so many places. One day pondering the vine leaves on the side of a house, I realized the woman inside the house looked annoyed and angry: her reacting as if I was intruding and she quickly disappeared form the window. Then I started thinking leaves lying on the ground are not necessarily what they seem. There could be all kinds of things behind or under them, literally and figuratively. What if they were actually covering other worlds under them, inside the ground? With that thought worked out of my system, I just went back to making the colour, line, texture: the things that I love. Doing the sketchbook was the first drawing I've done in years, and it inspires me to now do a lot more!!! Thanks Sketchbook People!!!
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