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  1.  (9680.21)
    Out of curiosity, I started keeping count of my sketchbooks 5 years ago and I've so far used 95 books. I haven't kept them all as most of the early one's I've either thrown away or given to the salvation army. it is hard to let go but it has to be done. I used to leave books at the hostels I stayed at when I was travelling and have given a dozen to friends as I find it a better alternative to just throwing away. I still occasionally throw art away but since I've slowed down my sketch-book usage, haven't needed to do so. I only have two oldies from back in high school that I keep as a reminder to how crap I used to be.
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    I've made art that was so personal I couldn't NOT destroy it. As a general rule though, I keep everything around in piles and folders, there's always something in there that resonates with me, or will bring me back to an old idea I can do better now. Or even just help me to see the new glitches I've picked up, and old ones, I've carried along in more subtle forms.
    Mind you if I think it's crap after I've amde it, it's gone. (And I haven't had to buya fresh canvas/or materials for a looong time, plenty left to paint over.)
      CommentAuthorDon Garvey
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    Keep everything. I really regret not caring for the sketch-pads and such from my college/high-school days. When I was young, I spent a ton of time drawing Wolverine and Han Solo and whatnot, and I went through a period in my life when I viewed that stuff as "crap" because I didn't own it. You know what, though? There was a state of mind/maturity/imagination reflected in those drawings that I cannot recapture because I can never be 18 again. Just as a photograph is a frozen moment, so are sketches and drawings. It's like destroying a memory or an experience, and memories and experiences make us who we are.
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
    I destroy it by pitching it in the garbage. I get paranoid and feel panic and purge everything. It's totally insane, but there you have it.
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2011
    I cannot make anything new after a certain mass of old output has accumulated in my space. The old stuff just sits there, inert, holding me in stasis. I have to destroy it if I can't otherwise distribute it, just to open my head back up.

    I think it is healthy as an artist to have a certain level of contempt for your own past output. It isn't really yours if you can't destroy it, and why should anyone else care about art you make that isn't somehow your own?
  2.  (9680.26)
    I trash old comics. It was a thing of the moment and unless somehow money can be made off of it, I see no point in having it around past it's usefulness.

    I've kept old films simply as a backup for the digital files/
    • CommentAuthorAndrew_H
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2011
    I cannibalize stuff.
    It's not exactly old drawings, but I made a performance video where I hacked all my hair off. I kept the hair and sealed it with wax into a jar. That eventually becaem exhibited as an artwork itslef and has since tunred up in other things - just htere in the backround, on an altar or something.
    Other things get cut into bits and used ascollage style works that gradually take shape over lengthy periods of time.

    I'm a hoarder, yes.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2011 edited
    @ Greasemonkey - with a size 00000 brush you're nuts by the way did you ever manage to repair the one the movers destroyed for you, if so how?

    I've done a lot drawings as street performance and have left many of them on site for a fate undecided. Also in the old days (2005) I was pulling up sidewalk bricks for paper weights and duct taping my work to well, anything. Most of these drawings that didn't sell immediately were abandonded & naturally disintegrated ...

    also had a box full of my entire life's (age 8- 14) work including comics, 100's of scribbles, my Mcfarlane Swipes and a book of coverart/scripts for a 36 issue series that my mother destroyed because I'd left one of about 5 drawings I did using a Sears underwear catalogue as reference visible near the top of the box. yep a whole crate destroyed because of a couple dirty drawings and a catholic mom
  3.  (9680.29)
    I am appalling precious and rarely throw things away. Occasionally I lose things and sometimes find them later. Fortunately, most of the stuff I do doesn't take much space. Unfortunately, I haven't been producing much work in the past couple years so there isn't much to take up space. I am certainly in the direction of a hoarder.
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2011
    Pretty much everything I do these days is digital and tiny (as far as file size goes). So there's really no need, and given the amount of crap I've got on my computer I am unlikely to come across old stuff by accident.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2011 edited
    @Hey Apathy - I only use a size 00000 for the fine detail. The larger areas and coarser details, I use 000 or 0000.

    I haven't repaired the damaged work. Still waiting for an insurance claim to come through, then I'm going to either sew in a new patch of canvas and restretch on a new frame, or cut off the damaged bottom section altogether and just restretch the top half as a 4'x3'.

    Are you exhibiting your stuff downtown now the weather's warmer?
  4.  (9680.32)
    I recycle-bin lots of drawings and sketches that are drawn poorly- regularly I scan some for "idea archiving". Recently, I got a shredder and have this kooky idea to make new paper from the old shitty sketches and whatever scrap paper I can reclaim to add to the mix. It ends up like raggy watercolor paper, worth a try to make new from old. I would like to shred 100% of the sketches except for the sell-able ones, just because it turns into a monstrous blob of precious clutter. Sketchbooks I keep as well as any page art and paintings.