After seeing Margaret's sketchbook drawings from way back recently, it got me thinking about my first attempts to use sketchbooks. I wasn't very keen on them. I wasn't sure what I should use them for and was too hung up on things not looking 'nice' or 'finished' in them.
After an initial start with quite a few drawings done at the Hayward Gallery of an exhibition called 'The Art of Ancient Mexico' (sketches below), I struggled to keep using my sketchbook and gave up a few months later. I decided they just weren't for me. Fortunately, many years later, I finally got the point of using sketchbooks after doing a short sketchbook course at City Lit.
Painted a version of the small sketch above
Some pages from my A6 sketchbook. Old prints and torn bits of paintings collaged together.