For me, a sketchbook is a junkyard collection of ideas and designs, thoughts and shapes, inspirations and mindless scribbles. Most are not so good and do not end up going anywhere, but occasionally Iâ€™ll put something down thatâ€™s worth further investment. I try to keep some sort of sketchbook around wherever I happen to be. Sometimes Iâ€™ll just get random images pop into my head when Iâ€™m walking or driving or working, or sometimes Iâ€™ll see interesting images or patterns in water stains or oil spills that I might be able to use later in some way.
I frequently sketch with just a regular black ballpoint pen; itâ€™s less messy than pencil and doesnâ€™t smudge, and since I canâ€™t erase anything it makes me conscious of choosing my lines carefully - but at the same time it isnâ€™t as permanent and unforgiving as a Sakura Micron pen.
Robots and mechanical things are some of my favourite subjects to draw, and have been ever since I was a kid when I was drawing trains and cars all day. I find myself drawing that type of stuff a lot ... Iâ€™m told itâ€™s because I can get away with just combining random shapes together that look cool â€" which actually sounds about right! Sketch.01 â€" Sketch.03 were from sessions at the Austin Sketch Group. They are nothing in particular, just me mindlessly trying to come up with some cool shapes and forms and emptying whateverâ€™s in my brain onto the page.