I recently started a new tumblr to record my creative family tree project. I made a cool little logo for it and then nothing. I intended to post some of the stuff I'd discovered about Basquiat. I soon found that finding links and photos of stuff online that matched up with the stuff I'd found in books wasn't all that much fun or really helping me with my project. I much preferred flipping through books and taking notes by hand. I tried forcing myself to continue with the tumblr but I just wasn't into it. I was ready to study the next artist and I'd barely found anything to post about Basquiat. I liked the idea of sharing my research but this just wasn't the way for me.
There were a few blank pages in the back of my last sketchbook and I decided that was a good place for my notes. I printed out a few of the paintings that I wanted to remember and glued them there too. I had four paintings to fit in my pocket-sized sketchbook. Since I'd already started taking notes about my next artist on the following page, I made a little flip up page to fit the rest of the artwork in.
This reminded me of Austin Kleon's idea to have two desks--an analog and a digital. I like the idea of separating the work, some analog and some digital. I like the idea of going back and forth between the two. Sometimes I like the imperfections of making things by hand and other times I like the clean, minimal feel of digital. The cool thing is that we don't have to choose.
P.S. The next artists in my creative family tree project are Paul Klee and Keith Haring! :)