Photos by Peter Nguyen
I used to be very bad at keeping a proper sketchbook. I'd often have piles of unfinished books, buying new ones to add to the pile at least once a year. They'd end up in a box on a sidewalk tagged "FREE" during a round of Spring cleaning.
This has changed mostly in part to the realization that none of my sketches, my process, needs to be perfect. Or even relevant for today, or next month (or next season, or next year).
Going through my old sketches revealed that a lot of the work I am proud of were a result of breaks. Sketching and doodling in-between what I thought were important brainstorm sessions. Post-it notes, in the deep crevice of a sketchbook, the margins of a spreadsheet.
This doesn't mean any of these were results of serendipity. What you don't see here are the 100 other sketches that became nothing. Or haven't become anything yet. They are the results of consistent working, on anything, as long as I put something down. Designs for t-shirts, jackets, furniture, coffee mugs, tables, movie ideas.
My main leather sketchbook has enough work to produce for the next 4 years, but the truth is not all will be sampled and become a retail product. That's not the goal, the goal is to rewire my brain to constantly be on and not lose momentum, because inspiration is for amateurs.