The observational sketchbook: strangeness in the familiar
Observational drawing is the artist's way of discovering his or her surroundings. In order to explore this, I constructed an accordion-fold sketchbook and filled it with drawings done around upstate New York. In order to further explore the process of bookmaking and the function of a book, I reprinted the drawings on a smaller scale, and reconstructed them in the same accordion fashion. As the process of drawing and bookmaking progressed, I allowed my subjects and accordion format to influence my creative decisions. Through these steps, I have determined that the observational sketchbook is as much about the reflection of the artist as it is about the subject being observed.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Art, Observational drawing