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Sketchbook Porn

Sketchbook Porn: Adam Boehmer

Adam Boehmer is a Renaissance man—poet, songwriter, musician, visual artist—and each arm of his creative process has a way of seamlessly interconnecting. Poems bleed into concrete objets d’art and visual meshes with musical, culminating in a multimedia, one-man gesamtkunstwerk. This is readily apparent in the slippage between visual and literary mark-making that fills Boehmer’s notebooks.

“I work in a series of different books for various art forms or expression,” Boehmer says of the role that preparatory notes play in his practice. “Each morning I write three pages of stream-of-consciousness in my first sketchbook, highlighting images or word pairings and phrases that interest me, that later I will glean for poems, song lyrics, or mantras to tape up around my home.”

The following are notes and sketches taken from Boehmer’s books, with commentary by the artist.

I also have a design sketchbook where I work out ideas with clients and other creative professionals, storyboard for video shoots, sketch logos, wireframe websites and more design-oriented ideas.

I have a dedicated book for new songs, though a lot of times those ideas start in another sketchbook. It’s become important for me over time though, to consolidate new song ideas into a singular book, so I know where to look when I have time to spend with my music.

I have a second book for poems, daily lists and thoughts that comes with me in my bag. My poetry is written very spur of the moment, so it’s important for have this book with me at all times. This is also where a lot of ideas for sculptures or installations are captured.

I carry a third sketchbook for illustration and general sketching. These are mostly characters, ideas for editorial illustrations, type treatments and atmospheric capture.

Whew, that’s a lot of books, but separating things out helps me stay organized, so I’m not flipping through one huge book looking for a poem or song kernel, etc within the craziness of everything else.

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