Keeping a sketchbook is a great way of keeping track of creative ideas and getting in the habit of regular drawing, as well as being a useful resource for large works when you are feeling short on ideas.
A Different Mindset
Remember that not every drawing you do needs to be a finished work of art. You can use a sketchbook for rough notes, thumbnails and ideas, too. When you open your sketchbook, think about what your intention is for your drawing session.
While trying something challenging is always worthwhile, simple subjects can often be rewarding. Don't feel constrained by what others think art should be about - make your drawings about whatever you find interesting, be it an unusual object, an interesting face, a beautiful landscape or an invented fantasy. Check the related resources box for more great sketchbook ideas.
|Follow a lesson from a web page or book:|
|Practice drawing exercises:|
|Record something that caught your eye:|
|Note down some ideas:|
|Try out a new technique or material:|
|Create a finished sketch or drawing:|