Using Sketchbooks

There is no right or wrong way to use your sketchbook. Some artists use them principally to experiment with drawing processes, others to record their observations, much as a journalist uses a notebook, others still to initiate and develop ideas for a specific project. Many keep several sketchbooks, each related to a different theme.

Art Composition Illusion

Structural elements of the photograph are analysed in sketches.

Perspective and composition are explored.

The sketch becomes a character study.

Structural elements of the photograph are analysed in sketches.

Perspective and composition are explored.

The sketch becomes a character study.

Working direction The pages of this sketchbook combine magazine cuttings, drawings, and written notes into a strong narrative. The result is a suite of references to be used in a final drawing.

Travel sketchbook There is a long tradition among artists for recording journeys as visual diaries. Use your sketchbook to record fleeting moments and expressions; paste in souvenirs and visual references that represent aspects of the place or culture you are engaging with.

_Portrait drawn from sketchbook reference.

_Portrait drawn from sketchbook reference.

201 preparation

Preparing to draw

Drawing requires your full attention, so minimize distractions by carefully preparing your working environment. Whether you are working on a wall, at an easel, or on a tabletop, make sure your space is well-lit, and that you have enough room to move freely. It also pays to experiment with the media you have chosen to become familiar with their particular mark-making characteristics.

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