I love having my sketchbook with me. I never have to be board. I always have somewhere to jot something down should inspiration strike. Sometimes I take notes in it too. I’ve carried a sketchbook since sometime in seventh grade when I had an art teacher tell me it was a good idea. She was right. As you can imagine by now I have quite the collection of filled sketchbooks. I pulled them out of their box and took a picture for your viewing pleasure. (<– there it is over there <–)
While I had them out I took a look in a few of them and am very glad that I’ve gotten better over the years. Sketchbooks played a key roll in making that happen.
Cool Things about Sketchbooks
One cool thing about sketchbooks is that you can mess up in them. Really, you can. Just draw stuff. It’s only paper guys. If you ruin a piece it’s ok. We are not living in the middle ages here, and paper comes pretty cheap these days! If you draw crappy stuff you don’t have to show anyone if you don’t want to. Notice that I just took a photo of the outside of my sketchbooks and I’m not showing you any sketches inside them. That’s because most of them are really lame.
I was listening to this podcast on christoatley.com the other day. It’s an interview with character designer Brett “2d Bean” on of the things he said that really stuck with me was “There are always going to be people better than you, and people that haven’t learned as much as you yet.” Because you can mess up in sketchbooks, and make mistakes in sketchbooks with out having to worry about an unhappy client or good grade, it’s one of the best places for you to learn more. Take the chance to do it.
Another cool sketchbook thing is when you get to look at other people’s sketches. (when they let you because as I said you don’t have to show people if you don’t want to.) I really love looking at other peoples sketchbooks. I also love looking at the sketches people post on their blogs. It’s so fun to see the rawness of the drawing before it gets prettied up with all that paint.
One Last Sketchbook Thought
Sometimes I look at other people’s books and I feel like I’m not doing it right, or that my sketchbook just isn’t as cool as theirs. Which is silly, but I do it anyway. I find it’s good to remind myself that while there is plenty to learn from looking at other people’s sketches (and art) remember that you are different than everyone else. Your mind works different and it will show up different
in your sketchbook. Let it. Seeing someone’s raw mind come out onto a page is what makes each sketchbook so cool.
Here are some artists who post some really fun sketches for you to take a look at.
Who’s sketches do you guys like? Let me know in the comments or talk @ me on twitter.