Kieren Dutcher -- A Sketchbook Conversation


Today I'm chatting with Kieren Dutcher. Kieren answered my ad in the back of UPPERCASE Magazine, wanting to be included in the Sketchbook Conversations series. She is a writer, artist, illustrator, adventurer and 3rd generation Native Californian (Oakland). Here's Kieren's story:

I love to sketch when I am watching TV, in boring meetings, or feeling anxious/worried, as it calms me down.


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Also, it's how I work out ideas or plan projects.


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I have been working in sketchbooks for years... more seriously now, though, as I just quit my teaching job of 20 years, so I have more time.


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I am motivated and inspired looking at the work of other artists in museums, shops, bookstores and online: instagram, pinterest, and also traveling and being out in nature. 


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Oh, and I love kids' art, too. And folk art from around the world.


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In terms of materials and tools, one doesn't need much, a no. 2 pencil is good. 


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But I prefer drawing with Sharpies or Micron pens. I also like Tombo pens. 


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Also, sometimes I paint gouache backgrounds and then draw on top of them. I also do printmaking, so sometimes print something and then draw on top of it. OR collage, occasionally.

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Right now I am really into drawing patterns. I find it very calming, which I seem to need with the world as it is right now. 


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I would like to design fabric, and wrapping paper in the near future, so that is also what I am thinking about.


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If you're just starting out, get a cheap sketchbook so it doesn't scare you with its 'preciousness' and just dive in. If you don't do it, it won't happen.


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Thank you Kieren for sharing your sketchbook story with us today.

Dear reader, you can connect with Kieren:




Missed the other Sketchbook Conversations posts? It's easy to catch up at the series web page.

And for even more inspiration, check out my Artist Interviews





*Photos in this post ©Kieren Dutcher. Used with permission.

Comments

  1. These blue and white hands!!! They are so very lovely! It's such fun to see sketches with thoughts written alongside. That's how I "think",too. So now I have another fave sketchbook conversation. Thank you Kieren and Anne. xo

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    1. So glad you enjoyed yet another Sketchbook Conversation. And yes, those blue hands!!!

      Have a lovely holiday weekend, my friend. I hope September is better than August for you! Sending love. xo

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