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An Illustrator’s Sketchbook – August Update

Inspired by an illustrator’s sketchbook drawings?

Love figure drawings in particular?

As I’ve said many a time within a sketchbook update blog post, I love drawing and creating my own personal art in my sketchbook. Sketchbooks allow me to practice my weaknesses, draw what I want, and try out new techniques.

I particularly love seeing other illustrators and artists sketchbooks, it’s very inspiring! If you haven’t seen my previous sketchbooks, do have a look here.

Whats Inside This Illustrator’s Sketchbook Update

Within this illustrator’s sketchbook blog post I’m going to be sharing my recent sketchbook creations over the last few months. Most of these drawings are figurative, as I set a New Year goal to drastically improve my own figurative drawing. 

So as a result, I’ve been practicing it A LOT. Hopefully you can see the improvement with these drawings over the last few months, as it’s been a consistent practice for me.

With most of these figurative drawings, I’ve been focusing on drawing the figure with correct form. Trying my best to convey a real sense of ‘3D-ness’ with my drawings. For example, drawing contour lines in particular to really drill this home. I feel this has elevated my drawings, having learnt valuable lessons from Draw a Box and The Drawing Database.

I can’t stress making your drawings seem 3D enough if you’re new to the world of drawing. Whenever you put pen (or pencil) to paper to create a drawing, you should always be thinking in 3D. If you think your drawing is 2D, it will remain 2D. You need to, as the drawer, to convince the viewer that what they are seeing really is 3D. 

Of course, if your drawing style is 2D in nature, which a lot of illustrations are nowadays, that’s absolutely fine. But in particular with figurative drawings and those of you who are realistic drawers, having this intention will improve your skill ten-fold.

These drawings have mostly been drawn on A3 sugar / plain paper, using liner pens in particular. These pens are quick, clean and permanent. Even though I love using pencil, it’s not as clean as it’s counterpart of the mighty pen. Having said that, I think my favourite drawings within this section are pencil drawings!

Find Out More About Me

Away from sketchbook work, if you’re unfamiliar with myself and my illustration work, I’m a freelance illustrator and designer, particularly working in the editorial, publishing and advertising space. Check out my illustration portfolio, along with my design portfolio (offering design services such as logo, branding to marketing design). I’ll love to hear all about your next creative project, and seeing how I can help you today!

If you liked this illustrator’s sketchbook blog post, be sure to check out my other articles to help you improve your drawing, illustration and artistic creations. Popular articles include 10 free figure drawing resources, how to learn composition easily, or seeing the colour palettes that some of the most famous artists used.

I hope you enjoy these illustrator’s sketchbook drawings guys!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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