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How to start and not abandon the sketchbook? 4 easy steps.

Sketchbook is not just a sketchbook. This is a tool for self-development and checking your own progress, a platform for experiments, a convenient way to introduce your creativity to friends and acquaintances. Each artist was faced with the problem of a clean slate. But what to do when you have a whole clean art album in front of you?

Choose a format
The average size of sketchbooks is from 36 to 90 sheets; 120-200 if thin paper is used. And what to do with all these sheets if it turns out that a narrow rectangular notebook that fits perfectly in a bag limits your imagination?

If you buy a sketchbook more than once, pay attention to the following points:Dimensions If you draw from the wrist, then in the sketchbook above one and a half lengths of the palm, there is a high probability of getting lost. The effect of empty space can be avoided by dividing each sheet into several parts and filling it with separate images. Sketches can be related in meaning, but this is not necessary: ​​framing in itself gives an interesting result and stimulates the imagination.
Number of pages. Limit yourself to a small or medium sketchbook if you don’t have the habit of completing creative notebooks. After completing one notebook, starting (and not dropping!) The rest will be much easier.
Cover. Will you always carry the sketchbook with you? Take a look at hard covers. Metallic, double-sided, synthetic rubberized cover are good options. If you plan to use watercolor, take a closer look at the notebooks on the latch.
Choose a paper base
Yes, you can sketch a masterpiece on a napkin. But if you want to paint a napkin sketch with watercolors, specify ink lines or add stains, you will be disappointed. When choosing an art notebook, you select a drawing partner for at least a month.

Sketchbook should not be too expensive: freedom of creativity does not provide the price, but the density and texture of the paper. When choosing a sketchbook, consider the limitations that apply to materials. With craft paper, pastel, charcoal, watercolor pencils look great. Watercolors cannot be combined with tissue paper unless you work dry. Notepads with watercolor paper fit almost everything, but if you work only in pencil, then such a sketchbook will be an excess.


Try new materials
Do you have difficulty maintaining a sketchbook, but do you work normally on a large format? Experiment with the most expressive art tools for quick sketches:

capillary handles;
charcoal pencils;
These tools allow you to instantly sketch outlines or designate a large shadow space, without being distracted by the details. Spontaneous sketches look expressive, increase artistic skill and create interesting content for the sketchbook.

Draw more from nature
Sketchbooks of professional illustrators, posted on the Internet, may consist solely of works on a fabulous or fantastic theme. But what you see is a thematic creative portfolio. Artistic cuisine remains behind the scenes. Daily sketches, study of proportions, random sketches – this is what allows others to work confidently in imaginary dimensions.

Here are just a few ideas for daily sketches:

City landscape
Passers-by and interlocutors;
Natural motives;
What is on the table / lies in front of you.
Good practice – drawing similar objects with different materials, from different angles. If you look at a blank page and don’t know what to do with it, draw another mug or apple. But this time take the felt-tip pens instead of a simple pencil, pay more attention to the shadows, try to imitate the style of your favorite artist, etc. This simple exercise frees your head and develops a drawing habit. Repeat regularly and you will notice that the sketchbook has ceased to seem scary, and the original creative ideas are repeated one after another.

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