For most artists and illustrators, their artist sketchbook is their prized possession. It’s deeply personal to them. For myself, it’s no different. My sketchbook is my place to create what I want, express myself, and record observations. Furthermore, taking inspirations, influences and memories to a whole new level. It’s essentially a visual diary, sketchbooks that I can take with me, that I can look back on in the future.
I’ve been busy over the last few months recording in my sketchbook. From life drawing, portrait drawings to still life creations, discover my drawings below. I hope you find it inspirational! I can’t recommend drawing in your sketchbook enough – great to develop and improve your drawing skill.
If you’re thinking about starting your own sketchbook, here’s five easy to follow tips to get started.
My sketchbook tips
- Choose a sketchbook size: firstly, choose a sketchbook size that’s right for you. You may like A5, A4, or even A3. Your sketchbook has to work for you, or you simply won’t take the time to use it.
- Keep it personal: if you like drawing portraits, draw portraits. If you like drawing from your imagination, draw from your imagination. If you like drawing landscapes, draw landscapes. Your sketchbook is your own personal place, away from commissioned work. Do what you want.
- Experiment: however, it’s a good idea to step out of your comfort zone within your sketchbook. If you make a mistake, it’s ok, as it’s your sketchbook. There are no rules, no boundaries and no criticism here.
- Create a daily habit: even just five minutes a day will enhance your art.
- Keep it handy: instead of grabbing your phone on the train or waiting in a queue, draw! It all adds up and you will see remarkable improvement in your skill.
Finally, with all of that being said, take a look at my recent artist sketchbook drawings below!
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