I carry a sketchbook with me just in case inspiration hits. Long ago I used to draw randomly and aimlessly in my sketchbooks believing that it was the shear act of doing it that would make me a better artist.
I was pouring out little sketches all across the page. All the poses looked similar and none of them had any spark. They all blended into one another in a way were not one sketch commanded it's own presence. It also took forever to fill a sketchbook and the pages didn't seem like they were important because there was no focus on anyone sketch.
One day I worked up enough courage to show Glen Keane one of my books and he was kind enough to look. After a few flipped pages he stopped looking and told me that my images were hard to focus on because I had way too many small sketches on the page. He kindly spent time sifting through the book and looking for some sketches he liked, but I felt he was really stretching as he complimented. In the end his advise was to draw one drawing per page and really focus in on what that one pose was trying to say or do and really study it. He said, "remember, each page is a piece of art!"
Glen's advise made me realize that every sketch is one that you can learn from, it deserves it's time from you. each sketch needs your focus and study.
When we focus in on one drawing per page that sketch becomes so important. The choices become more definite. The lines become very directed as the emotion and attitude illuminate from the page.
With that said mistakes are more evident- but you learn more from your own executions with each page you fill. When I buy a new sketchbook I can't help but look at the page count and think that that's how many sketches will be in that book.
Gone are the days of unfocused sketches that randomly sit on a page. Every page in my books now have become valuable to the sketch that sits on them. Even if I don't agree with that sketch it still deserves it's day to shine.
Boldly give it a go! I think you'll find great challenge to the approach.
The first four pieces are from Starbucks the other day and the last gesture from a lacrosse game on tv.