Problem: 80 pages seems like nothing when you don't have all those blank pages staring you in the face. I have a hard enough time keeping my own sketchbook and have books that last me years, if not a decade. Needless to say, I've learned a few valuable lessons from my endeavor:
1. Do NOT compare yourself to other artists.
Artists have been posting their sketchbook art on their blogs all along and there is some fantastic stuff out there, really! It's SO intimidating. But everyone has a different learning curve, and a different opinion about what a sketchbook should be.
2. Do NOT wait until the last minute to complete your work.
It turns out very obviously rushed.
3. Above all, make sure you have FUN exploring.
That's what sketchbooks are for after all! Get messy and so what if it looks like a five year old drew a few pages (hehe....errmm).
That being said, I had to give myself a few rules because I was so busy that I only gave myself one week to complete almost the entire book...
1. No planning - wing it and explore.
2. No rulers.
3. No feeling sorry for yourself.
4. Learn to use a brush pen. (This was a bit challenging in the earlier sketches and then I ran out of ink, which brings me to my next point...)
5. Don't be lazy. - (When the brush runs out of ink, change it. When you'd rather play video games, too bad...you have work to do.)
6. (long term) Keep sketching!
Toward the end, I realized I need to tell some sort of story, so I used the last few pages to do some quick comic panels. Here they are, along with some randoms! Enjoy and thanks for reading :)
I just finished the cover!
I cut it out and glue sticked it to the front cover of the sketchbook - I sure hope that holds up ;)