One of my new years resolutions this year was to keep a more visual sketchbook. I usually have a number of sketchbooks on the go but they always seem to end up filled with written notes and scribbly sketches - which can be great but aren’t really that inspiring when you’re flicking through them. When I do come to drawing more ‘proper’ drawings I seem to end up doing on scraps of drawing paper which then end up in a drawer. In order to inspire myself I took a look at this book which is completely dedicated to the art of the sketchbook.
Its a great book to just flick through for some quick inspiration but if you have a little longer its worth reading the short pieces of writing before each artist’s sketchbook as it really can give you an insight into the drawings - for instance one artist includes a sketchbook in which he has repeatedly drawn images of skulls and he explains that this particular sketchbook was created around the same time that a close family member had died. A sketchbook can certainly be a very personal thing - no one else necessarily has to see it - you can use it almost like a diary, putting down your inner most thoughts. Or it can be something more open, perhaps something that may even be exhibited someday or even published. Either way sketchbooks are undoubtedly a great tool for harnessing creative energy and getting ideas down on paper.