Thursday, March 27, 2008

My mom gave me these great pads of paper that she got for free from a friend who works at a paper company. They cut up their leftover paper and make it into pads; the quality of the paper is good, quite heavy with just the right tooth for sketching in graphite. Nothing stops me up creatively more than really expensive art materials, so something like this is perfect. If it's free I feel like I don't have to worry about making a "good" drawing; I can just draw!

This particular drawing is a study for a much larger painting I hope to make in the future.


  1. i agree with being intimidated by the expensive stuff- i learned this from lynda barry, it is more for writing, but the first thing she does with a sheet of paper is to draw a big "X" over the entire sheet before starting, that way it is already "ruined" so you can't mess it up more...nice idea for thumbnails etc too... i bought my husband his first moleskine & a nice pen for christmas and he's still afraid to use it!

  2. Anonymous8:16 AM

    I'm glad other people feel like me when it comes to using new expensive materials! When my work was as an abstract painter, I used to use the left-over paint on my pallet as a 'ground' for the next couple of pages in my sketchbook so they were already 'messed up' I'd use acrylic paint, so ANYthing could go on top so it didn't matter!