I didn't add to it everyday so you can imagine by the end of the semester I had quite a bit of work to do. But I loved the assignment because at the end, I had my whole semester in my hands. I could see what I was thinking about and how I developed over a few months.
When I went to Germany last fall I knew if I wasn't drawing everyday, my artistic prowess (what?) would diminish significantly. So I created an assignment for myself: I bought a sketchbook and I had to fill it. But this time, I would have to make an entry everyday.
I called it a sketchbook journal and it was HARD. Sometimes I slipped or didn't feel like making anything, sometimes I spat out masterpieces. The point is, I'm so glad I did it. I'm going to remember my experience studying abroad so much more vividly with the help of this little book.
So what makes a sketchbook different from a piece of paper or several pieces of paper? I think there really is a significance to the idea of a book-- it has a connotation of something educational, something that informs us-- something that tells a story.
The fact that it's bound is also important, giving us the feeling that this all goes together somehow.
I hope to explore the power of the sketchbook more this year, so keep your eyes peeled.
(Who came up with that expression? Gross.)