Recently I started a Tumblr which you can see here if you like. Initially, I wasn't sure what to use it for since this blog had been doing the job nicely. I remembered my email exchanges with RF concerning my distaste for the self-aggrandizing and egotistic curatorial nature of the "contextless grazing" that seems to fill so many Tumblrs. Gradually though, I came to the conclusion that this new Tumblr of mine might be a good, quick and easy way to quickly share digital photos of my travels, occasional drawings that have inspired me and, most importantly, my sketchbook. A good Tumblr, like a sketchbook, should be a proving ground for ideas, some of which will go nowhere while others continue to grow and evolve.
Around the time I began the Tumblr, I began taking my sketchbook a bit more seriously. Practicing in it as often as I can, working out ideas, and letting things marinate. And now, something seems to be happening. This is an idea that is growing very very slowly. My concept for it is barely formed, and what I do know is extremely ambitious. But something on a gut level tells me that this is going somewhere. I don't yet know where, but I feel it. These are the most personal things I've ever done, even more so than the Moby-Dick illustrations. This is all very hard for me to explain.
Because of that, because of these barely understandable feelings I have, I wanted to share a handful of these sketchbook pages here. This kind of thing will always appear on the Tumblr first and usually far in advance of any appearance on this blog. Still, it is important enough to me to share it everywhere if I can.
Oh, and this idea really began taking shape with my "Friday diversions" post about knights back in late April. But something is happening here. Something is definitely happening.
A selection of pages from my moleskine sketchbook of me doing some visual thinking about knights, The Knights of the Round Table, and how they relate to my own life and all the times I've fucked something up.
moleskine 001, pages 009 and 010: left - a list of possible projects for 2012, right - a sketch of the Fisher King
moleskine 001, pages 013 and 014: left - polaroid photo of the goddess Demeter from an ongoing Greek mythology photography project, right - a sketch of the Green Knight
moleskine 001, pages 015 and 016: left - the name of the image on the right, right - a sketch of the Black Knight
moleskine 001, pages 017 and 018: left - the name of the image on the right, right - a sketch of Sir Kay
moleskine 001, pages 019 and 020: left - the name of the image on the right, right - a sketch of the Red Knight
moleskine 001, pages 021 and 022: left - the name of the image on the right, right - a sketch of St. George
moleskine 001, pages 023 and 024: left and right - two ghostly knights