Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My storage clipboard, for planning and sketching
I wanted to share this nifty organizational drawing kit that I learned about watching Ian Robert's dvd about composition (scroll down for photos). Roberts is emphatic that paintings must be carefully considered before brush meets canvas. He does many sketches and thumbnails for ideas. He prefers to use loose sheets and a "storage clipboard*" instead of a conventional sketchbook. I've been doing things his way for awhile and I understand why he likes it. The storage clipboard has lots of room for completed sketches and tools. A big advantage is being able to use whatever paper you want and having all sorts of pens/erasers/pencils with you at all times. I mean to add a viewfinder tool to this kit. Roberts told us that from time to time you should sort through your planning sketches to determine which studies are worth keeping..he recommends you three hole punch the sketches you want to keep and put them into a binder. Admittedly this gear doesn't look all that arty...it's functional and convenient. *I got my storage clipboard at Office Depot.
For an in-depth discussion about Ian Robert's other book Creative Authenticity visit Katherine Cartwright's blog.