I cannot stand the idea of doing sketches in a sketchbook for the sake of "warming up," or "putting down ideas."
It's not the same thing as playing with designs to figure out what goes where, or how something might flow.
That's a completely different animal.
What I'm talking about is doing a drawing that pops into my head, unloading it into some do-nothing-with book, and then . . . what?
Eventually be redone into a more completed piece?
Fuck that shit.
A good idea gets put down on paper ONCE, and "sketching out" that idea first, is tantamount to throwing it away.
Sketchbook sketching, is the creative kiss of death.
It saps your energy and focus, meanders about, and shits out nothing but half-assed ideas, that if were initially nurtured, and used for something completed, would have been time better spent. Because, in my opinion, an idea has only one single point of application. Anything after that, is just reworking it. And reworking art, even from a sketch, will never retain that initial spark that happens when the pen hits the proverbial paper for the first time.
Even if the finished piece sucks, it still can be learned from.
Whereas a sketch gives back absolutely nothing.
Because it contains no foundation to base a critique upon.
And so, where are all those half-baked, creatively stunted works now?
Packed up in a box in the garage, fending off silverfish, and the page-yellowing specter of time.
Yeah . . . my point exactly.