Sketchbooks are wonderful places to explore creativity, to develop skills and to experiment without judgement.
Sketchbooks are great for;
- Gathering information
- Recording an experience or place
- Learning to see detail
- Writing down ideas
- Gathering inspiring images
- Visual thinking
- Making memories
- Recording a fleeting phase or season.
I am a fan of really cheap spiral bound sketchbooks because they lessen the pressure of creating a perfect masterpiece. I also tend to have minimal supplies for drawing in my sketchbook, ideally it all fits into a small pencil case that is able to be transported easily.
In my pencil case I have;
- 1 or 2 soft drawing pencils 2B or 4B
- Felt tip pens 1 Waterproof and 1 Water soluble. My favourites are the water soluble Artline 0.4mm and the waterproof Sakura Pigma Micron 0.8.
- Charcoal pencil
- Pencil sharpener
- Small travel watercolour set (I have a Windsor and Newton Cotmans set that I refill as needed, Van Gogh also fit in this set) They can also be refilled from a tube.
- Tube of white gouache paint
- Round watercolour brush size 3,4,5 or 6.
The other great thing about keeping a sketchbook is that it allows you to be creative anywhere, in any amount of time that you have. I have done sketches in 15 or 20 minute sessions. It is truly a non-threatening, quick and easy way of accessing your creativity and having some artistic fun.
If you need a bit of motivation or just want to sketch with a group you could look at our Sketchbook in the Hills class.