A flash of inspiration is a moment of fleeting creativity that should be caught and built upon. The best way to do this is to act on it there and then. If this is not possible you should write it down or draw it out, instantly, before the moment goes.
A pocket sketchbook is a great way to keep and build on these fleeting moments of inspiration, as a pocket sketchbook is always at your side.
We do not see or know something when we are looking or learning, until we reach a moment of realisation. At this moment it all becomes clear to us and we perhaps wonder why it was so difficult to understand in the first place!
It is satisfying to draw from observation partly because these moments of realisation can be achieved regularly, if focus is achieved. This is because to draw well from observation you need to be honest about what you actually see, rather than just draw what you think is there.
At its best a sketchbook is a diary of visual ideas that can fit in your pocket and stay with you.
Many sketchbooks used nowadays are rather large. This encourages studio creativity, where ideas are brought to the sketchbook, rather than enabling the sketchbook to record the ideas that we come across in life. This has the effect of making art in response to the studio and second hand resources, rather than the observations and inspirations of life.
How do you capture your moments of inspiration?
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