10 Easy tips to get your drawing started with your sketchbook

Hello !

Before started the topic of the day, met me share with you something.

2 weeks ago, we started Sketch Like The Pros course,
and I enjoy how the VIP members are already making progress. It is still very basic though at this early stage, however they gain their first key confidence in sketching !

I know how the time zone has been a bit confusing
for some of you living abroad to register on time.

For this reason I am looking for a solution,
and might do a very quick reopening by next week.

If you are interested in joining like many who missed the regisration,
I invite you to join the waiting list so we can keep in touch by email.

I will let you know the date as soon as it get confirmed. 🙂

Till next week,
I would like to introduce you Daniel who created an amazing sketchbook for artists and designers at Jofelo.com. I thought I could share his creation to you guys fan of pens and sketchbook like I am !

Daniel accepted to share with us his Top 10 recommendations to get started in sketching quick with a Sketchbook ! 🙂

Best-Sketchbook-1 jofelo

Sketching on a Sketchbook is like “Time frozen”

I let him tell you more in this article below (And I see you in the next article !):

Has there been a time where you wanted to start a sketchbook,
but you didn’t know how to start?

Or have you ever started a sketchbook, but can’t seem to find the courage to stay committed?

Well, here are 10 tips to get you started on your drawing journey.
They just might give you the little spark of hope that you needed to commit to your artwork.

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

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 your 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, etc.

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.

3.) Accept imperfection.

When drawing in a sketchbook, you need to remember that not every
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 the 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.

4.) Draw every day.

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

Practicing drawing everyday will also improve your accuracy, your speed, your visual understanding, and your confidence as an artist.

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 mistakes, and add color or reduce color.

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

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.

7.) Get a head start.

Try organizing the pages in advance to actually drawing on them.
Organize other pages and create ideas ahead off 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.

8.) Always use your sketchbook.

Use the sketchbook you have for everything that 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 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.

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.

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!

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About The Author


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 [email protected] : )

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