The first page.

The first page of a new sketchbook, notebook, or pad can be daunting. A fresh blank slate, full of potential… I always feel the pressure not to mess it up.

I try to make the first page good. I want it to set the tone for the rest of the book. Which I know is silly, because a notebook, or a sketchbook, isn’t about perfection or creating a flawless portfolio. It’s a scratch pad, a place to explore, and a place to play; even if page 1 is great, sooner or later there will be a mistake or some ugly art. And that’s all part of the process.

If I don’t feel like I can create a good first page, then my alternative strategy is to keep it simple.

So, faced with my first blog post, my virtual journal which I am opening up to the interwebs, I am deciding to go easy on myself and go down the ‘simple’ route.

I hope future blog posts will be funnier, more educational, more relaxed… generally, just better. But for now, this is post no. 1 and I thank you for reading it.




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