What are sketchbooks good for? Why do those artist guys run around with these little books?
I always take a sketchbook with me. Some are small and light, others are thick and heavy, and most of them have a black cover. 🙂
Over time, my sketchbooks got smaller: I started with one that was 40×60 cm and always carried a pencil roll, some brushes, water, tissues and the like with me. My backpacks became very heavy, even when I just went for a short walk. You just never know what you find. It was not very comfortable walking around with a lot of weight on my shoulders and I have hated being packed too much ever since.
So my sketchbooks became smaller. 20×20 cm was actually really small for me. And now I’m even carrying an A5 Moleskine with me. And just a pencil roll.
So what are those sketchbooks good for now?
Of course for the obvious things like doing studies, capturing moods, scribbling down ideas or having something to show off – if you happen to be one of those arists who only create to get admired by those who do not draw.
But the reason I like using sketchbooks is very simple: I have all my paper in one place. You want to draw? Just pick one of the books and do it. You are done? Just throw it back into your backpack. You don’t need to take care about accidently gettings some creases in a loose sheet of paper, because there is no loose paper!
But the real cool thing is that it frees you from the idea that every drawing has to be perfect. It takes away the pressure and lets you find your own style, because, at the end, it’s just a sketchbook, right?
I just have to cope with the fact, that everybody can see my mistakes. If I did an ugly drawing or sketch it – stays in the sketchbook. No pages are torn out. They stay in my sketchbook, for everyone to see my shame.