My Critic has made a reappearance.
This sketchbook project has brought him back with insults and doubts blazing. After rebinding my sketchbook with watercolor paper, I promptly left it alone. I made the excuse that I needed to do some practice sketching first. In my head I followed that statement up with, "so I can be sure and appear professional and good and not mess up the sketchbook. I may not have gone to a fine arts school, but that doesn't mean I'm not actually good." Some version of that kept cycling through my brain. After finally voicing it out loud to L one night, he said something along the effects of, "Just dive in. This isn't a competition. Even if it were, just be you." He's been giving me that advice a lot lately...the 'just be you' part. I do love that man for many reasons...that being one of them. So, I had a hand in this first round of battles with the Critic. Hopefully I can handle the bastard on my own from now on. But it's nice knowing I have backup if I need it.
The following is the first pages of my sketchbook project. The binding is slightly atrocious, so please overlook that :) I am quite delighted with it thus far though, and look forward to filling the rest of it up!