Sketchbook Pile, But What Does It Mean?

“What is the true measure of artistic endurance?” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • I have been carrying sketchbooks and journaling my entire adult life. It is amazing to look back on, because I remember the moment when I started my first one, my freshman year of college at Kutztown University. I knew that I wanted to have a body of work, just like many of the historical artists I studied. I knew they all sketched and did studies.

I felt like a fake with my first book. I rushed many entries, but it happened in it’s own time. Flash forward to living in Philadelphia, being angry and drunk young man, pouring out poetry that was garbage, but had such a need to write, so I could channel my distress.

After a while it became something I just did. On scraps of paper, or intensionally working up my skills. I am currently keeping a small moleskin that I have only release a few to the IG Feed so far. What I have been showing thus-far has been my past work.

I never considered myself that accomplished. It was because I was comparing myself to the greats, who were old, by the time I saw their entire body of work. I wanted to get there faster than I could. I was impatient and I still am. But I know now that I have time. The experience of life had to occur so I had the perspective and years of skill to draw upon, so I could understand why I made what I did.

I held on to so much, that now I have photographed and documented the work online, I can finally let it go. I want to sell everything I have made. To release the fear of not having proof of my existence.

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Dan is an online personality, musician and visual artist. Host of Mental Chillness. Producer of DVD Concerts. Former editor in-chief of and former producer of Popdust Presents.

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