I’m always amazed when I look back at my sketchbooks, how some
shape or line permeates its way into my present work. I keep
thinking, “gee, how original” and yet there it was. We can’t
create work in a vacuum. Everything we see comes back at us in
some way or another. Even the artist that reproduces another
persons work will always put his or her mark on their work. It
could be as subtle as how the thick the paint was applied, or in
metalwork, how the blow of a hammer was struck.
I was encouraged by some very smart people in developing an
extensive sketchbook. It has photographs from magazines, poetry,
graphitti I find on bathroom walls, strange ideas and thoughts.
I find something in a magazine and tape it, sketch it and
resketch it several times. What did I find that struck me so?
My sketchbooks are filled with color and ideas. I carry it
everywhere with me. I doodle on pads while talking on the phone
and put those in my sketchbook.
Often I make paper models of what I put down on 2D. Then the
piece starts to take shape. Sometimes I make it in clay.
What I love about artists is the different approaches to the
I’m curious. How do you all conceptualize an idea?