If you are like me, you might be intimidated by sketchbooks, especially when they are new. Who knows you might get a new sketchbook for Christmas :)Actually the more beautiful they are, the more intimidating it is to start drawing on those blank pages.
I am getting better at filling my sketchbooks since I let go of the idea of having only successful beautiful drawings in there, I leave space for experimentation, mistakes and just ugly drawings 🙂
Here are a few ideas of what you can fill your sketchbooks with.
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Draw geometric shapes or repetitive patterns
This might be one of the easier way to start filling out your sketchbook, and it is also a very creative way to relax.
Draw what is close to you
It does not have to be anything special, just random objects around you.
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Draw people around you
People on the ferry or the bus, your family when they sleep or are watching tv…
Go to a life drawing class
If you feel uneasy drawing people in public, then a life drawing class might be the solution.
Draw the room you are in or the view from your room
I like to do that on vacation, it is amazing how looking at a drawing makes me remember well some details, even better than a picture sometimes.
Try on ideas for upcoming paintings
A sketchbook is a great place to experiment with designs ideas for future paintings
And just for fun, this is a drawing by my son on vacation when we asked him to draw something cheerful for a change 🙂