Wednesday 12 August 2015

Field Notes & Faces - My Very Favourite Ohh Deer Sketchbooks

So you're probably all very aware of my serious love for stationery. I have at least 2.5 billion sketchbooks (rough estimate) and a skyscraper of notebooks (give or take) - they're just, something I need around me at all times. Maybe it's an occupational thing, but if I don't have a little sketchbook to jot down ideas or draw a few characters I feel a bit lost.

Holding all my recent scrawled to do lists and sketches are these four yummers notebooks from Ohh Deer. I've been one of Ohh Deer's illustrators since they sprung up in 2011, and I'm constantly falling in love with the new products they bring out with other artists. These are great for slipping in to my handbag to sketch in on day trips or whip out for notetaking in meetings. I love them: simple, beautiful.

I've been doing a lot of character sketching and ink painting lately, just really trying to get back in to the swing of drawing purely for pleasure and just experimenting (after an intense month with What Emmeline Wore In July and a bundle of commissions!).  I think it's often important to just stream-of-conciousness draw without the pressure of feeling like you have to post everything up on the internet. To just draw for you! There are so many ideas that can spring from loosely jotted down notes and drawings, even years later. Grab your pens!


  1. Such beautiful notebooks and illustrations! I so agree with the idea of stream-of-consciousness drawing though I'm really struggling with it at the moment, haha!

    1. It can be really hard sometimes! It definitely does help if you tell yourself "right, no pressure, no one else ever has to see this, it doesn't have to be good, I'm just going to have FUN". Hell, you don't even have to have a detailed look at it yourself! I think just the process of drawing without your thoughts getting in the way can be really great in firing up inspiration. :-)

  2. I'm a bit obsessed with notebooks (especially ohh deer) too! Your point about drawing for pleasure was a nice reminder too. I sometimes forget I started drawing and painting because I enjoyed doing it. Most of my work that I do nowadays is for school and I feel like it has to be of a certain standard for my sketchbook and I put a lot of pressure on myself. I used to get so lost in drawings and I would enjoy myself so much. I have started keeping a little notebook for quick fun sketches in between all my school work. Even with notebooks I'm a bit of a perfectionist, I feel like every page has to be a piece of art.

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