I am INSPIRED by this collection of sketchbooks! I hope to one day have such a collection full of my own sketches.
One problem I'm encountering is just DECIDING what to work on first! I find I'm paralyzed into inactivity by all the possible drawing projects I would love to do. Maybe I should begin by just making a list so I know I won't forget the ideas that are flowing through my brain.
I'm currently reading a book called "Colored Pencil Drawing Technique" by Iain Hutton-Jamieson, so I don't feel like I'm completely wasting my time! It does have lots of good information on technique, but like the books on illustrating children's books that I've read lately, it was published in the mid-1980's, so some of the info on materials are probably somewhat out-of-date. Some techniques are timeless, however, so I'm learning.
I don't want to fall into the pit of JUST reading and never doing, but I have to choose small things to do since I don't have hours of free time in which to pursue my drawing. This will take discipline!