Sketchbook of a Set Design Sarah Lovett.
Here are some pages out of my current sketchbook. I have used up hundreds and hundreds of sketchbooks in my career as a set designer.
As each job or idea comes along, I work on them by drawing out ideas and it helps me figure out how to make them, how long it would
take, if I would have to hire someone to help me make them, how big a lorry I would need, and logistical questions like that, as well as
the creative side of actually designing the settings or props. I brainstorm an idea, research different areas, visualise, go down different routes, mushroom a concept and then pick the best bits out and develop them.
I make lots of notes about materials, sizes, things I might need- as soon as they come into my head, and consolidate the lists later on a
computer when i am firming things up so that I can work out how much it will cost and tell the person who has ordered whatever it is.
My book is my most important tool, I could hardly do anything without it, it’s like the contents of my brain on paper. It often
gets stained or splattered in paint, I have different sized ones, this big one is a joy to use but quite heavy to carry about, I also like having a pocket sized one and carrying it about even when I am not working in case I can draw from the top of the bus, or make a visual note of some detail I notice.
When I look back through my old sketch books and see all the ideas I have run with, it makes me happy, and makes me want to do the next, or pick up an old one and do it in a different way, or perhaps mix and meld it in with a new one.”