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© Karen Lynn Link, Photo of sketchbooks and reference materials from the Artist's Collection

Greetings and Salutations,

This is part three of a series on sketchbooks.

There are a variety of reference materials that can be collected and how is only limited by your imagination. Considerations will be particular to your needs, interests, personal preferences and ease of retrieval. An artist that is interested in how crowds look as they move may collect materials, images and find inspiration differently from the artist that explores the relationship between the human body and landscapes, for instance.

So will the artist interested in language as art verses those that recognizes beauty in the tasks, habits and rhythms of a day, week, month, and year. Choreographer and author of the book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp explains how she stores all the inspiration, elements and materials for a particular project in a box for easy reference.

You may need a box, too, depending on the project.

I will be exploring ways to collect a variety of information. These include written ideas, photographs, thumbnails and small sketches, painted studies, and outside the box ideas or ideas for what you might keep in a box.

Next time we’ll explore ideas for keeping written ideas and notes.

What kind of information do you collect or want to collect? How do you store and reference this collection? How does it aid in your art making or is it just for fun? Please share in the comments below.

Take care and have a beautiful day,

Sketchbook series:
Part 1: About sketchbooks and why it’s important to carry one, and
Part 2: OK, I’ve got a sketchbook, now what?


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