June 2019: Draw Your Day By Samantha Dion Baker
I have followed the work of Samantha Dion Baker for a while now (and I'm sure some of you have too!), so I was eager to purchase a copy of her book when it came out.
It lays out her combined approach to journaling & sketching, called Sketch Journaling. While I enjoy her illustrations and am amazed and inspired by her giant finished stack of sketchbooks, I wasn't really sure if sketch journaling was for me. I very much enjoyed reading her book, but I didn't want to adopt her style, so I was a little unsure of how ultimately useful this book would be -- at first.
For a while now I have been searching for a new direction in my painting practice, especially as I am facing increased time constraints as both a new mom and a self-employed artist. Sketch Journaling somewhat surprisingly gave me the answer that I was looking for.
My problem was that I was having a lot of trouble justifying the time to sit down with my sketchbook each day. Sitting down to draw and paint seemed aimless, off-topic, and therefore often pointless! However, to not create was leaving me irritable and frustrated.
Now I sit down each evening after I have tucked Aurora into her crib and create a page that illustrates our day. I know I am creating something for my family that will help us remember these blissful, busy days of Aurora's first year, and I am also getting to stay practiced with painting and drawing, but in a directed yet low-pressure application.
If any of you are feeling stumped in your practice - or like you don't know where to begin with one, I would recommend giving sketch journaling a try, and this lovely book provides a wonderful and inspiring guide to getting one started.