Many of you have heard me say, "Don't aspire to be great. Aspire to be prolific." If that statement strikes a chord with you, then Mike Daikubara's "Sketch Now, Think Later" is the right book at the right time. I received an advance copy, and can't help but grin as I read it. Mike, a favorite Urban Sketchers instructor and correspondent, has taken his popular "Sketch Now, Think Later" workshop philosophy, ideas and lessons and expanded them into a book you'll want to keep in your sketch bag. "Sketch Now, Think Later" is an important addition to the current canon of sketching books because it focuses on the issue fundamental to all sketchers--removing all the roadblocks to sketching every day, any time, in any situation. There's a lot of great reading here on essential attitudes, but it's also rich in great tips, tools, techniques that are rooted in the thousands of hours Mike has devoted to location sketching, always with an eye to being more prolific and having more fun. That's a hard combination to beat.
Another reason I love this new book is because every page reflects Mike's sense of generosity, good vibes and contagious enthusiasm for sketching. The guy just can't help himself--he's a powerhouse of positive energy who loves what he does, and the reader reaps the reward.
I believe it always comes back to being prolific, and this book offers a wealth of shortcuts to that goal. I'm headed out for a week of sketching in Los Angeles, and I'm dropping Mike's book in my sketch bag to reread on the plane and for inspiration in the field. I recommend it to you highly.