Why is sketchbooking so important to me? As a jewellery student it is interesting to see that just about everyone in my class has a different way of doing it, from the almost diary like note taking and meticulous recording of ideas, to collections of photos, to collages, to not keeping one at all, preferring to mind-map and collect 3D objects.
Mine are just drawings, none of my handwriting. If I write in it, I write in pencil, then Letraset (I love Letraset!) later after rubbing the pencil out. When I buy a new sketchbook, I see it as a lovely hardback book waiting to be filled then flicked through and read over and over again. It sounds silly, but it upsets me if a page is out of place, or not as good as others. I think this year where I want to go with my sketchbooks is to make them into part of my story. My research, development and conclusion recorded start to finish. It helps of course that I like line drawing, and my line drawing is definitely a big factor in my final pieces. As far as I am concerned they are a huge part of my process of a designer.
I would be really interested to see how other jewellery designers record and execute their ideas and whether their drawing or method of recording directly influences the construction of a final piece. One of our design tutors mentioned in his blog he failed to see the point of life drawing and sketchbooks for jewellery and graphics students. But does it not increase spatial awareness? Which is so important for a designer, especially if like jewellers you are working in 3D.
Either way, I think life drawing taught me a lot and has led to the way I keep my sketchbooks being an integral part of my final pieces. Any thoughts?