Ari's Ramblings

Sketchbooks.

Recently I drove downtown to check out the local Dick Blick art store. I’ve always liked going to art supply stores. The mix of potential and inspiration swirling around with the rewards of consumerism. It’s a good mix. I picked up a new sketchbook because they were half priced but this new one pushes me out of my comfort zone. I’ve stuck to a 4″ x 6″ hardbound sketchbook since my freshman year of college but the price of this full size 8.5″ x 11″ hardbound was too good to pass up. The only problem is I’ve never liked drawing bigger sketches so I’ve let it sit for a while.

To try to kickstart some inspiration I’ve been going through and organizing all the different art materials. It’s been a bit of a bummer. A set of 4 Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens sitting unopened is a reminder that even expensive nice shit can’t get you drawing again. Cracking open a few bottles of ink and a few tubes of paints to make sure they’re not separating or congealing just offers more proof of wasted potential.

So here’s the question. How do you guys get yourselves motivated to do something creative? My old standby of cold water on the face and energy drinks is letting me down. Somebody out there needs to loan me their secret so I can justify the cash I dropped on all this brightly colored shit I have categorized and stored away.

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