Book recommendation: ‘Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal’, by Samantha Dion Baker

Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch JournalDraw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal by Samantha Dion Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always loved to keep memories, but for a while I have been frustrated by the fact that I haven’t been able to keep up with it. I’ve also been frustrated because I haven’t been drawing enough.
While I have tried different styles of journalling, I always feel like I am behind in one or another (keeping memories or drawing).

When I saw Samantha’s book I fell in love with the idea of keeping a drawing diary. Coming from an architecture background, I fully identify with her personal experience:

“Months turned into years, and eventually I felt as I could no longer draw. I had spent more than eighteen years working as a graphic designer, and one day I realised that I was desperate for a cretive outlet free from computer screens and technology” (pg 2)

In my case, after 15 years studying and writing in postgraduate studies and then academia. I have recently realised that art in my left was left from ‘when there was time for it’. Largely when I was travelling and visiting cities. I need more art in my life.

This is not a step-by-step sketch book, but the illustrations are beautiful and Samantha has a motivating way of sharing her journey. I definitely recommend this book for lovers of art, drawing and memories.

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