Jan '12 - Aug '13
This is not a discussion of whether I should buy a moleskine or a Leuchtturn, or why Rhodia makes better dot grid pads than Quattro. It's also not about hand drawing vs. digital drawing (that one is for another day) (actually, bring it up if you want to).
We will also skip the part about drawing being an invaluable skill, something that all architects should be able to do well, and something that is being lost in the education (it is all of those but the last).
This is about the value of a sketchbook. I'm here to ask if anyone references their sketchbooks. Do you keep them? Do you trash them when the project is over? Do you scan them and archive it? Do you ever go back and look at them?
So far in my life and education the value of the sketchbooks I've carried is usually in the next blank page. It's something to write on, it's there. It's rarely in the other pages I've drawn. Their use is fulfilled. I needed to visualize something, I needed someone else to visualize something, I needed to remember something. Now that page is full, and it's no longer important.
I think what I'm getting at is, does the sketchbook mean anything? I've seen people take copious notes, draw everything, keep every page, put padlocks on them, have them scanned, and archived on the bookshelf, the whole nine yards. What gives?
Unrelated: I'm currently using a Quattro 4" x 4" grid, because they are awesome and I rip out every page once its full and usually throw it away a few days later...
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