Often as people begin to take interest in art, there are several aspects that worry them. Perhaps they may worry about spending too much on materials that they may not know how to use. Or ‘ruining’ good materials with their amateur skills. Ultimately, there is also the issue of not knowing what to draw/create. 

Important Tool as a Visual Diary

Hence, this is why a simple sketchbook is one of the most important tools that all artists should have. Regardless if beginner or professional, a sketchbook should quite simply be viewed as a visual diary. A place where all creative thoughts can be logged into with no judgement, for personal reference.

“My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiencing, scribbling things whenever they happen.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Think of it as a “Brainfart Central”. A place where any idea that crosses your mind will be given the chance to exist in the material world as a simple sketch, words, a photograph, a receipt, or even a fabric swatch. Anything that may inspire you to create. With the initial foundations of the idea laid down, one can easily go through these ideations and choose which to refine and further build upon. Fleshing out ideas in a sketchbook is one of the best ways to kick-start a creative project. After all, planning is key in any sort of execution. 

A sketchbook doesn’t necessarily need to look a certain way. It is, at its core, your personal ideas. The only thing that should matter is that you personally understand it. Some people believe in tidiness even in ideation. Some people believe in organised mess. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong in journaling ideas. The only limit that exists in creativity is the limit that exists in your mind. 

Sketch book is a place where all creative thoughts can be logged into with no judgment, for personal reference.