I’ve spent all day today illustrating the bespoke covers, and handmade elements for the Kickstarter backers of The Trust Sketchbook, so i have to admit that my creative muscles are flagging a little! I’ve drawn all of the ‘Trust Trees’, although most of them still need to have their leaves added! All of the ‘Trust Boat’ covers are done as well.
The boat isn’t an elements that shows in the book itself, but i included it in the bespoke elements, because it’s important to me.
The boat is something i’ve drawn all my life, reflecting a love of sailing, but also of the way that i came to watercolour painting. I started out painting boats, seascapes, so it’s something that has grown with me. I often add a sketch of it if i’m signing a book for a friend, or as a doodle. So sharing it as part of The Trust Sketchbook is, i guess, trusting in a community.
All of my work is iterative, shared as part of the philosophy of #WorkingOutLoud, and so, inevitably, as this first edition of ‘The Trust Sketchbook’ edges closer to it’s launch date later this month, i am already thinking of the elements i will redraw for the next print run. Some ideas evolve, some of the relationships between elements shift.
But for now, today, for the first time, as i sit at my desk, surrounded by the physical books, each one made bespoke as a ‘thank you’, the book, finally, feels very real.