That’s an interesting concept. I am not used to the idea of an artist being that detached from the physical artifact of a work, but on the other hand, lots of artists sell their pages/paintings/etc, which also deprives the artist of the original.
So I imagine that for you, sketching isn’t a document as much as the act of drawing itself?
Darryl – I throw out originals for a few different reasons. For sketchbooks, I just got into the habit of it in high school and university. I used to burn through sketchbooks faster than I do now, so it seemed to make practical sense to toss them and save on space. Now I’m just used to it. I try to save notes or drawings that I know I’ll want to expand on later, but I don’t see the purpose in keeping old ideas or drawings around if I’m not going to use them for anything.
Also, when I get the print run of a new comic in, it feels really good to throw out all the pencils/inks/character designs/preliminary drawings/thumbnails/scripts/notes/whatever for it. The comic is the finished product, so once I hold it in my hands, all I want to do is throw out all the junk that lead up to it. I think it helps me reset my brain for whatever new thing I want to do.
That makes a lot of sense but I do get a kick from flipping through old sketchbooks to see what I was working on and thinking about. But you could also do that by flipping through your old comics … I’m probably too much of a collector/hoarder to actually do that but I see the appeal.
Not that comics is all about money, but there is money in selling your original art, even sketchbook pages. Especially since so many people are going directly to digital these days. You’d be surprised. It’s a one-of-a-kind art object. It’s just another way to help you produce more comics, which is really what you want in the end, no?
yeah, selling that stuff is probably something i’d feel weird or self-conscious about (for irrational reasons.) plus, i draw on shitty paper, and on separate scraps and stuff, so a lot of it isn’t really fit for sale