Tom Heard is here to talk to you about something that scares me to death. No, not spiders (however, spiders are quite scary). Tom is here to talk about the dreaded sketchbook. I know, I should have saved this post until Halloween! In all seriousness, sketching is one of the most important parts of creating art. It's scary because it's something that has to be done. Get ready to bloody... er muddy that white page and learn more about sketching from a fantastic illustrator!
A sketchbook is a library of ideas. Drawing every day and recording what you see around you; be that through written or visual means is arguably the most productive thing you can do to generate ideas. Keeping a sketchbook on you at all times is essential, you never know when that next ‘big’ idea will arrive and it’s always useful to record any ideas or thoughts you may have straight away. This will soon develop into a habit and before you know it you’ll have created a library of observations, reference and ideas without you really noticing. These can then be utilised as a series of starting points for your picture book idea that you may wish to develop or explore at a later date.
- You may decide to buy a sketchbook or even make your own, personally I always buy cheap. This way I’m not hung up on creating perfection on each page, instead, I feel much more relaxed when drawing.
- When starting a new page, I will often divide it into two or three parts, it can be intimidating working on a blank sheet of paper. A sketchbook will be full of fragments, embrace it!
- Don’t be too precious over your sketchbook, this can stifle creativity. Not all of the pages will be worth looking at.
- Feel guilty if you haven’t spent time on your sketchbook each week. Guilt should be used as a powerful motivator!
- Give yourself limits – whether limiting yourself to selected media or possibly using a single colour, quite often a small sense of structure can free up creativity.
- Have fun!
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