An idea is an ephemeral phenomenon. It dissolves itself as fast as it appears. The hand, with its drawing and its calligraphy, fix this precarious moment. This visible potential is made of details and links, additions and withdrawals, forms and voids. Then, the sketchbook becomes a place where this potential begins its accomplishment. It is the indispensable tool of graphic visualisation, a basic element of the drawer’s survival equipment.

 

The sketchbook opens the door to experiments that have to be pursued.

Sometimes, it is the experiment by itself

 


"Sketchbook of lost time" (detail), Jacques Desbiens, 2009-2010,
graphite on paper in a concertina sketchbook, 279cm X 14cm.




"Birds, insects and dragons", Jacques Desbiens, october-november 2004,
graphite on paper in a sketchbook of 68 drawings (one per day), 10cm X 15cm each.



"Birds, insects and dragons", Jacques Desbiens, 2011,
graphite on paper in a concertina sketchbook, 279cm X 14cm.

 


"Sequence - 4 brushes + 2 dip pens", Jacques Desbiens, 2005,
ink onr paper, concertina sketchbook, 168.2cm X 17.2cm.