From time to time on the Sketchbook blog we're going to be talking with some of our sketchbook challenge participants who have posted photos of their challenge sketches to the flickr group.
Meet Sketchbook Challenge participant Robin Walsh...
I am an aging (sigh) mixed media & fiber artist, designing here in my pink house in sunny southwest Florida. I create an eclectic mix of things that tickle my fancy! Fiber seems to be my common denominator, but I occasionally wander into different mediums.
How has the sketchbook challenge influenced your sketchbook keeping practice?
I never kept a ‘sketchbook’ before the challenge. I have always had notes, lists and scribbles just lying around. I make art journals, but I never actually use them!
I made a special journal in anticipation of the Sketchbook Challenge and did the first one or two drawings in it. I found that I HATE working in a bound format! So now I just sketch on single pages that I’ll bind into a journal when I’ve collected enough.
Tell me how you're approaching each challenge - do you jump right in and start sketching as soon as the new challenge word is posted or do you reflect on it first?
Oh, I am definitely a jump right in kind of person! The ideas and word associations just spin in my head!
Do you work in just one at a time or do you have several going at once?
One at a time (mostly, lol.) I find if I stop I never get back to that one. I’m off on another tangent.
What's your preferred format (sketchbook size, type of paper, single sheet, spiral bound etc?) and have you found your preferred medium for using in your sketchbook? Watercolor, pen, pencil, crayon, collage etc?
Most definitely, single sheet (at the moment Wausau vellum, heavy and erasable!) I think it’s because I’m left handed. I’ve always found it difficult to work around the binding in any kind of book!
As for preferred medium…I’d love to be able to collage like Diana Trout, or do watercolors like Jane Lafazio. Unfortunately, (or maybe it’s fortunately) my ‘style’ seems to be more, um, kitschy graphic. I am crazy for the saturated colors of markers and my style seems to run towards irreverent and funny, the markers just seem to fit.
Learn more about the Sketchbook Challenge here