Here are some scans from my sketchbooks.
These pages are pretty typical of what I fill my books with, trying out different pens, sticking stuff in etc. For me, sketchbooks are a dumping ground for quick, rough ideas and I try never to get too precious about what goes into them.
More often than not I’ll just quickly doodle a lot of ideas down and end up doing nothing with 90% of what I draw. Amidst the chaos though, there’ll occasionally be one or two characters that I like the look of; the shape of a head here, a nose there, and oh those feet look cool…
Whilst it’s a different approach from other artists who fill their books with beautifully finished pieces, it works for me – partly because I’ve had the idea of rapid iteration and quick idea generation drummed into me through various jobs. I also find it quite liberating to just scribble down stream of consciousness stuff!
If you get the seed of an idea down you can always work it up later.