Friday, December 10, 2010

Sketchbook profile: Lyric Kinard

 Lyric Kinard is an artist with a serious addiction to fabric. Her award-winning wall quilts and wearable works of art are a product of her need and passion to create order and beauty while living a chaotic life as the mother of young children. She often says that her art is the only thing she does that is not undone by the end of the day. Her second love is teaching, which she has been doing in various capacities for the past 12 years. She loves to share her joy in the process of transforming plain fabric into a work of art.  read more...

Why do you keep a sketchbook and how often do you work in it?
I call it my "paper brain." It's with me all the time, includes notes from meetings and everyday lists, and is not a precious object. I sketch, doodle, work out compositions. I jot down ideas and record visually interesting textures, lines and shapes. If I don't jot down ideas as they come they are immediately lost in the daily chaos that is the life of any mother. My sketchbooks are one of my most valuable reference tools for when I finally get time in the studio and need a starting direction.

Do you work in just one at a time or do you have several going at once?
I have one at a time that is a constant companion but also have several other more "special occasion" sketchbooks that have a theme or a technique I like to work on.

What's your preferred format (sketchbook size, type of paper, single sheet,spiral bound etc?) and preferred medium for using in your sketchbook? watercolor, pen, pencil, crayon, collage etc?
My every-day sketchbook is hardbound, 4x6. It fits in my coat pocket or my little purse and is unobtrusive when I'm out and about. I mostly use india ink artists pens. My "special occasion" sketchbooks are spiral bound and at least 8x10. I prefer either watercolor paper or something like Strathmore's new Mixed Media Visual Journal sketchbooks.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to keep a sketchbook but doesn't know how to begin?
Don't expect perfection and don't compare your work to anyone else. Remember that you have to start somewhere and that you need time to learn and practice anything new. Rembrandt did not draw a masterpiece the first time he picked up a pencil, he worked hard for years and years - it takes time to learn and grow and develop techniques and vision.

Think of your sketch book as a tool rather than a precious work of art. Start in the middle of the book if the first blank page is intimidating. Throw down a few quick washes of color with watercolors to mess up the blank whiteness of the page. Put on your favorite music, set your pen down, and just doodle a line without picking the pen up until the page is filled.

Visit Lyric's website here to see more of her work.

Get all the details on the Sketchbook Challenge here.


  1. I cannot WAIT to see the 1st month's theme & start this project! I am indeed intimidated by the blankness of the book but didn't realize it until someone else talked about it. Watercolors, here I come!

    Lyric, I bought your "Art + Quilt" book a few weeks ago and was so very inspired by that! Now I'm further inspired by your words on sketch-booking. Thank you for that!

  2. Lyric (what a lovely name!),
    One of the thing you said really resonates with me. You can get ideas any time, any place, and if you don't capture them immediately there's a good chance of losing them. Since I started capturing ideas as they come, I'm amazed with the number of ideas I get... Now, I have a huge to-do list!


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