It is highly encouraged that each student keeps a sketchbook.
Also please note that sketchbooks may be out during class for reference, but they can not be worked in during class time.
I am a huge fan of keeping a sketchbook. But I understand how daunting keeping a sketchbook can be. So I am going to give each of you a few tools to use to get better at using a sketchbook.
The first tool for you to use is to work through sketchbook challenges from the randomizer I created for you that can be found in the menu button above titled Sketchbook Challenge. These challenges will be updated as I find interesting things that I think you would benefit from drawing. Spin it once and stick with your spin!, or maybe spin one more time and pick between the two. It is an honor system. Just don’t keep spinning trying to find something easier, that defeats the challenge of it. These can be mixed media sketchbook pages. This means that you can paint, color pencil, marker, or any other medium you want to explore when doing the sketchbook challenges. Always keep in mind that you should be applying the tools you are learning like compositional theory, color theory, techniques and tricks that you have learned from other projects. Something else to remember is that it is not two challenges per week but two pages per week. Sometimes a challenge will not fill a whole page. Push your sketchbook page until you feel they are well worked through.
The second option is that you can explore, create, and make art with any 2-D medium in your sketchbook. Make it 100% your own. This takes more confidence and eventually you will build up to this level of sketchbooking. The sketches in your book can relate to the project you are currently working on in class, which I would recommend, but they do not have to.
The third option is to do a mixture of both. You might start out working through the sketchbook challenges but come across an idea or inspiration that you want to explore. You can explore this new idea then later use the randomizer challenge as needed.
Things to Consider when Working in Your Sketchbook
- Other than you and I, no one has to see your sketchbook. You can share it with anyone you want, but that is your choice. Your sketchbook will also not be displayed unless you volunteer to share it in that way.
- Think of your sketchbook as a tool. In your book you can write down your thoughts, textures, ideas, conversations, inspirations. It’s these everyday notes that can sometimes lead to really amazing art.
- Use a cheap sketchbook. Don’t worry about finding some nice, hand crafted, or leather bound expensive book. This will make it more difficult to be relaxed when you are working in it.
- Don’t think of your sketchbook as a finished work of art that has to have every page a single piece of art on it. It can be a collage of ideas, sketches, paintings, doodles, words, and anything else all on the same page. Sometimes it is good to flesh out a work on a page but don’t feel that it is necessary to do this every time.
- Please do not tear out pages from your sketchbook, even if you aren’t happy with them. It is okay to try difficult things, this is how we get better. Even if it didn’t turn out as you had hoped, you should still keep it as a record of your progress. There might be an idea or an inspiration in there that you can come back to at a later stage.
- Lastly, choose a good pen and a pencil and leave them in or attached to your sketchbook somehow. Along with that, make that pencil and pen only for your sketchbook and not for anything else.