Anonymous asked: Do you have any tips on how to sketchbook. What I mean is I love to draw, but I can never maintain a sketchbook because I get paralysed with fear that it's not good enough and so don't draw and then rip pages out and yes that kind of thing. Was that even a question?
sketchbooking is really hard, I’m only just learning how to use them in a way that I like. I used to be the same, in terms of always ripping stuff out/being too afraid to draw for fear of it not being perfect. Everyone is different of course, but here are some things I’ve found helpful
- Experiment with the scale of your sketchbook - Finding a size you like is important. I enjoy working pretty small - A5 or A6 size because it’s less intimidating and I’m able to fill the space. They are also easier to carry around with you for drawing outside.
- Don’t buy something you are afraid of ‘ruining’ - if you buy a gorgeous book, but don’t feel comfortable using it then it’s a waste o’ money
- You are going to make mistakes - So get used to it and work them into the page by drawing over them or repeating the image/line until you’re happier with it. It’s much more interesting to have a sketchbook where you can see the thought process behind the drawing than page after perfect page. And if the whole thing really goes tits up and you need clear space, just stick scraps of paper over it instead of ripping the whole thing out.
- Find a style that suits you - It’s taken me ages to realise that I like having a mixture of drawings and writing. But you might want to have a whole sketchbook which is just collage, or paintings, or portraits of fish, I don’t know. Just don’t feel like there is are absolute rules you must follow in order for it to be ‘good’. It’s your sketchbook so use it exactly how you want to.
Here a couple of recent pages, just to illustrate what I mean about the whole mistakes/not caring if it looks ’imperfect’ thing.
(idea for the cactus catcus drawing)
(recording the day with words and pictures)
Good luck! Have fun etc