2006 datebook

For 2006 I decided to make myself a datebook from a wire-bound sketchbook.

The idea being that each week would have a spread with a different illustration. I would also do a spread for each month and intersperse some blank pages to doodle on with different themes.

And since I was heavily into Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power, most weeks would have one of the laws on them. Sometimes the illustration related to that, sometimes it really didn’t.

‘Twas a fun project, albeit one that ended up not working all that well. I didn’t quite finish all the illustrations, and I also learned the hard way about ink bleeding through, especially on pages that were sprayed on one side or the other with spray fixative to try to keep charcoal drawings from smudging.

Probably I should have gotten a more expensive book with thicker paper, or else if I ever tried this again, I should do my own book binding with thicker paper.

Meh… it’s cheaper and easier to just buy a plain day planner book and keep the art to an art journal or canvas or whatever. I do like the notion of taking prompts from books such as Greene’s and illustrating them, though: it does get me thinking in different directions than usual.

Here’s a few more of the spreads:

2006. Graphite and ink on paper.

2006. Graphite and ink on paper.

2006. Charcoal, pencil crayon, and ink on paper.

2006. Charcoal, pencil crayon, and ink on paper.

2006. Marker and ink on paper.

2006. Marker and ink on paper.