notebooks, in addition to compiling creative ideas, had page upon page filled
with random artist tech notes on several subjects. Some notes analyzed the best
way to depict a design ranging from light sources to shading, color to
halftone, and in-depth thoughts on presentation guidelines. The designers even recorded
thoughts from their youth remembering what their mentors taught them years
reading through the books they were willing to share. One artist had notes on
marker rendering mixed with personal diary entries about his newborn baby girl.
He mixed those thoughts together because his work was as personal to him as his
Some of the
notebooks were filled with amazing drawings created by skilled masters while
others were simple doodles resembling drawings found carved on cave walls. The
level of artistic skill didn’t matter because it was all about the golden
idea—that cherished thought that would solve a problem, create a new vision or
just bring someone’s work to the next level.
Yes, it is just
a humble notebook, which is not a revolutionary idea in itself—but you just
might be able to store that idea—that fragment of a thought and lovingly nurture
it to full bloom and then eventually put it to use at just the right time.
As a process
tool, the notebook is a fast way for you to organize several categories of
ideas and keep them at the ready. Idea upon idea, though upon thought, this
process helps keep your mind free and clear to explore and take risks—you just
may be able to see something others may have missed.
illustrate this point, I have included in this article a few pages from my
notebooks. Since I can’t really share my latest toy designs for obvious
reasons, I chose to include a few doodles I did some time ago as well as tech
notes concerning the great masters. You may wonder why painting techniques were
included with ideation thoughts but all of those observations eventually
influenced my personal technique in visually conveying concept ideas in the
best possible light.
Continued In Part 3 . . .