Who is Dogeared Sketchbook?

DogearedSketchbook is a blog by me, Toby Harris. It documents the trials and travails of a recovering drawing addict.  I suppose “recovering” is a term you would normally apply to someone that is trying to stop a habit rather than re-indulge in it…

I must stress I do not think I am god’s gift to drawing and that I have some unique ability that makes me arrogant enough to write this blog.

The reason why I say “recovering” is that in the years since I graduated from Newcastle College, School of Art and Design with an HND in 3d Design – despite various flirtations with 3D Design and the odd of spurt of graphic design/Illustration and ceramics I have lost the ability to ‘see’ as I use to.  The trials and tribulations of life sometimes makes you lose sight of what you really love doing.  Mine is drawing and designing.  This blog charts my progress of well, recovering that lost passion and that analytical, inquiring visual eye which is so crucial to the drawing and design process.

The trials and tribulations of life sometimes makes you lose sight of what you really love doing.

I must stress I do not think I am god’s gift to drawing and that I have some unique ability that makes me arrogant enough to write this blog.  I am just an ordinary middle aged fellow who wants to share his passion with you.  Also I am a great believer on reflecting and analysing on vocations and interests like these – without doing so you can’t really improve or progress.  I don’t know who said this but to “plan for the future you must learn from the past”.

I was also lucky enough in my art and design education to be taught by some truly inspirational and highly talented artists, sculptors and designers – so why not share some of what I have learnt with you?  I hope this blog helps other people who, similar to me, have their own passions that they wish to reignite – at risk of being swept away forever by the sometimes seemingly overwhelming tide of life!  Don’t wait until you retire – do it now!

I was also lucky enough in my art and design education to be taught by some truly inspirational and highly talented artists, sculptors and designers – so why not share some of what I have learnt with you?