Sharing my drawings or sketches has always been a bit hard for me. I’m far too much of a perfectionist to let anyone see in my messiest of sketchbooks. I think I’d die even if Rob cracked them open. Sometimes they read like weird journals, random and abstract. Other days I take my time and concentrate on the details of each little drawing.
Growing up, my brother Jacob was always sketching on any piece of paper laying around the house. He’s an incredible artist, and I always liked finding random doodles he’d make up while he was on the phone or simply bored. They were usually really funny little characters, my favorite being drawings of the “Easter Monkey” (he lied to our little brother that it was really a monkey in a bunny suit), who replaced your Easter candy with bananas. Yes, he went thru with the prank, much to the dismay and tears of Joel. I still have some of these drawings tucked away, and they make me smile when I find them.
My own drawings though? Yeah, I don’t really leave those laying around. I’m not very big on sharing my creative process with other people, because my brain tells me “oh, wait… that still needs to be tweaked. You’d better make sure it’s perfect, because you know someone’s out there judging every little thing you put forward into to world.” Give me a break, brain!
This morning, I decided, insecurities be damned. I want to, or rather need to, be better about sharing my ideas. If someone tells me it’s a stupid idea, then I can guarantee the Easter Monkey will come at them with a vengeance.
I drew these sketches up last night in my Fashionary sketchbook, because I can’t stop thinking about these two fabrics in my stash. I get to have some sewing time for myself tonight, and I have to catch up with Jennie! She’s been busting out REALLY cute stuff, and it’s making me crazy that I haven’t been able to make more.
Both of these fabrics are a rayon blend, and I think I’ll start with the navy fabric tonight. I have a dress planned that has shaping with box pleats at the waist, and I might give it short, full kimono sleeves. We’ll see.
So what about you? Do you share much of your creative process, or do you usually hide it away, like me? I’d love to see inside any sketchbooks you might have!