From the sketchbook – how my concepts were born.

From the sketchbook – how my concepts were born.

I’ve touched on this subject before, but I thought maybe a refresher was in order. Keeping a sketchbook around for jotting down ideas, pasting in notes or otherwise affixing your thoughts into a hardbound repository is an excellent habit to get into. It helps you organize your concepts, works out the visual cues and lets you refer to ideas that may be appropriate for your current project. Most of all, it gives your brain a rest so you can work on more pressing things, like finding your car keys.

With my sketchbook, I use anything from a #2 Dixon Ticonderoga to a ballpoint pen to get the stuff written down. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert draftsman to use a sketchbook. The point of it is to get the thinking worked out on paper before you resort to the computer. Sketching helps fully bake your thoughts and get it logged in before you forget it (hey, you know it happens to the young folks, too).

There have been some pretty good assignments recently, so in an effort to share the love, I put up some of my latest work.

In this post, I am including some photos of my own personal sketchbook and the thumbnails, doodles and notes I put down in order to put together some of my logo and icon designs, illustrations and other visual concepts. Below each sketchbook spread is the completed piece and maybe an application or two. Enjoy.

This work for 12 Shores includes some of the preliminary sketches shown to the client before going to vector artwork.



Thanks for taking a look. I’d love to hear your thoughts.