Keeping A Sketchbook
A sketchbook isn’t always thought of as a journal but it can be. A sketchbook is a blank book to record your ideas through sketching. You don’t have to be an artist to keep a sketchbook, you just need a book and to start sketching or doodling whatever you feel. There are no rules!
A sketchbook is my main use of journaling. I use my sketchbook to practice doing mostly figures and faces but every once in a while I throw in something different. I really should try new types of sketches more often.
Many people use their sketchbook to work out ideas. Keeping a sketchbook helps you grow your ideas. Some take a sketchbook with them and record what they see around them. In a sketchbook anything goes! It’s about you and what you want to do. It improves your drawing ability and observational skills.
Be free, don’t edit yourself. You don’t have to show it to anyone.
Some tips on starting a sketchbook:
- Grab a blank book
- Get some drawing/writing tools (pens, pencils, markers)
- Find a few free minutes (10 minutes a day is a great place to start)
- Pick an idea or inspiration image
- Find the simple shapes and start sketching
- Add color with markers, pencils, or paint if you want
- Keep filling up your pages
Alisa Burke had a lot of great tips on starting a sketching routine.
Do you keep a sketchbook as a journal?