10 Easy tips to start drawing (in your sketchbook)

Let me introduce you to Daniel who created an amazing sketchbook for artists and designers at Jofelo.com. We see together how to start a sketchbook quickly so you can fill the pages of your drawings today! 🙂

If you wonder “How to make a sketchbook”, Daniel shares with us his Top 10 drawing recommendations.

Drawing on sketchbook with Jofelo

Sketching on a Sketchbook is like “Time frozen”


TIP 1| Purchase a sketchbook that allows you to represent who you are personally

You may wonder what are the best sketchbooks. You shouldn’t worry about what the sketchbook looks like but consider what the page material is.

The page material is important because depending on the art supplies that you usually use, your work could turn out differently on different paper types.

For example, consider what paper is best for you depending on whether you use paint, pens, pencils, watercolor


TIP 2| Choose a sketchbook that is easy to carry around with you

By carrying your sketchbook with you, it is easier to make note of ideas for future drawing sessions so you don’t forget them.

Choosing the right size sketchbook is the most important part of this process because different artists prefer different sizes for their personal artwork.

For example, some artists carry pocket-sized sketchbooks similar to those found at Jofelo.com while her artists may find this too difficult because of how small it is. Whatever works for you personally.


TIP 3| Accept imperfection

When drawing in a sketchbook, you need to remember that not every
a single page is going to be as perfect as expected.

Sometimes it may be helpful to play around and test certain techniques out on paper. Enjoy the act of drawing and the process of creating art rather than worrying about what the result of the art process will create.

And avoid tearing pages out because the drawing idea that you think was done poorly today might be the drawing idea that you love in the future.


TIP 4| Draw every day

Constantly practicing every day will improve your artistic abilities because it
will help you discover what you like and don’t like as an artist.

Practicing drawing every day will also improve your accuracy, your speed, your visual understanding, and your confidence as a designer or an artist.


TIP 5| Try new things

Experimenting in your sketchbook is important to becoming a better artist. It
helps you grow and understand your full range of artistic abilities.

Try new unexpected materials, styles, and techniques that you have never tried before. Make messes, make drawing mistakes, and add color or reduce color.

Use the paper in the sketchbook to discover what you like and what your certain style is.


TIP 6| Divide the page

Sometimes seeing a whole blank page can be overwhelming and may also
feel expansive.

To solve this, sometimes dividing the page can help you get started. Break down the page into smaller parts and then work trying to fill each smaller part to make a whole.

Post-it notes may help with this because filling a post-it note with art is easier to accomplish than filling a whole page of a sketchbook.


TIP 7 Get a head start

Try organizing your sketchbook pages in advance to actually drawing on them. Organize other pages and create ideas ahead of time.

Paint them in advance, draw random lines, or even let someone else near you draw in your sketchbook for more ideas. Noticing how the pages aren’t perfect may take some of the pressure off to make mistakes when drawing.


TIP 8| Always use your sketchbook

If you wonder what to draw or fill in your sketchbook, use the sketchbook you have for everything you do.

Whether it’s drawing for observation, creating patterns, practicing doodles and techniques, sketching out concepts, or testing out new art materials, discover new things, and don’t be afraid to change your drawing style.

Collect and attach things to your book (flowers, plants, tickets, cards, pictures, etc).
Use it for things you need in life, like grocery lists and flowcharts.

The best sketchbook is a part of your life every day.


TIP 9| Write in your sketchbook

Make notes about your drawings and keep notes in general, like calendars and to-do lists. Use the book as a diary and write down things that inspire you.

Make lists of artists you love, of techniques you want to practice, ideas obtained from social media, Pinterest, and the Internet in general.


TIP 10| Keep track of dates

Writing the date on every page of your sketchbook will help you see
your progress over time.

Seeing your progress over time can help you become more confident as an artist, and confidence will help you become a better artist in general.

Overall, keep your sketchbook with you and make it a personal part of your life. Become connected to it, as you would a friend or a family member. Your sketchbook should be a reflection of you personally.

Don’t focus too much on creating great masterpieces on every page but remember to experiment and trust the process of learning and making mistakes.

Be patient and let yourself be inspired by these mistakes!


Next article about the artist’s drawing journey, I invite you to discover a TIP I learned from my friend Roy Pallas: “Don’t focus on the end result, but your drawing journey!” – Roy Pallas 


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About The Author

Chou-Tac

Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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