I finished my sketchbook recently.  It took 2 years, 3 months and 25 days to draw in 117 pages.  I received the sketchbook as a gift from my nephews at Christmas, 2004. But I had a backlog of sketchbooks and didn’t start it until March, 2nd, 2008.  It’s done now and this is the final drawing in it, June 27th, 2010.  

I love filling up one of them, counting the pages until the end, wondering what my final drawing will be.  I have about 29 completed sketchbooks on my shelves, dating back to 1972, when I was in high school. I have some that are about 2 inches by 3 inches, filled with little color drawings.  I have others that are in ornate leather bound covers.  One yet to be used sketchbook was hand made by my daughter and is covered in fabric and resides inside a fabric bag.  I have some filled with adolescent crazed meanderings, some have poems. Some have sincere notes about God or no God. Others have naked people. 

I have some that include sketches for larger art pieces I created, some I never did finish.  Some have diagrams of house layouts with notes as to what I am going to do in each room.  Some have addresses and phone numbers and emails of people I drew.  I would scan the drawing and send it to them.  If I ever did a drawing of you and I didn’t send you a copy of it, tell me and I will try to find it.

I might try to post one drawing a week, one from each sketchbook, starting from the beginning.  Would you like that?

I am also going to start working on some larger images in the near future, non-photographic. I will keep you informed.

Drawing by Marty Coleman, 1st Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK  6/27/10

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