I just got finished recycling all my IRL drawings that aren't in my currently used sketch book.
Does anyone else do this?
By recycling, you mean throwing away in a paper bin?
What an odd question. Yeah. I also have that nasty habit of doodling on scraps of paper, envelopes and pain-medication boxes. Had I never thrown that stuff away, my apartment would look like a bad hoarder case.
If you meant recycle the idea, drawing the same things, then yeah, some times I do. When the doodle or sketch gets ugly and I sort of like the idea. Why not just erase the ugly? I mostly use ballpoint pens like the idiot I am :p. I'm mostly a digital artist though.
Don't know, depends on what kind of work you've got on those pages. I throw away your usual every-day scribbles and failed attempts. Finished drawings and studies that for some reason look presentable I usually keep. It's nice to be able to go back 5 years in time and see what you thought of as "presentable" back then.
I've gotten in the habit of tossing/recycling my gestures because they're usually warm-ups. Longer studies and creative sketches tend to be done in bound sketchbooks, and I generally keep them whole. But even a few more finished drawings will be tossed if I think they don't really add anything or stand out for me personally.
Haha, I hoard way too much stuff... But this does mean I have a good selection of art I did from the age of two on up, and it's kind of neat to be able to look back on that and see the whole journey.
I do "recycle" by drawing on the back of things, though. Gestures and thumbnails and similar chaff get reused as scrap paper for more gestures and thumbnails until there's no more room on the paper. If the sheet becomes a total lost cause, it then gets recycled further as a piece of scrap for wiping off excess ink or to put under something messy, or similar. When it's no longer good enough even for that, it goes in the recycle bin.
It's important to hang onto your old, bad art so you can measure how far you've come. My old art stopped being painful and now I just laugh at it. Try to keep at least a few favorites around, you'll be glad you did if you can stick with your art.
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I keep all my old terrible(er) "art" as a monument to all my failures.
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Rule #1 of depicting soldiers: KEEP THE DAMN FINGER OFF THE DAMN TRIGGER.
Still cant do that with the hardcovers, anyway. It'll still stay the same size unless I tear up the binding.
Maybe my tone will change once I build up too many. I only started using sketchbooks back in 2008, and I've only wracked up 11 full books. And it's even slower now that I've decided to draw on the back of pages starting #11. But the difference is clear, looking back. It's a nice feeling.
Last edited by Psychotime; January 23rd, 2013 at 08:10 PM.