How to Keep a Sketch Book

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A sketch book is important to maintain in order to have a place to lay down ideas, collect inspiration and continue improving drawing skills. Carry a sketch book around consistently with advice from an award-winning artist in this free video on drawing.

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Hello my name is Jacklyn Laflamme from In this clip I'm going to show you how to keep a sketch book. As you can see I have very many different sketch books for different things. I have little small ones to carry around in my purse. I have a really fancy decorative one here with really beautiful paper for when I'm in a really feel good mood, a really over decorated one and a very simple one. What I really like to do is sketch from my imagination. I have all these little doodles that I like to just put on the page and then from there I like to formulate a drawing and then I use these sketches sometimes in my paintings. Another nice thing to do in sketchbooks is to cut out a bunch of little things that you see, different magazine articles, different photographs and I just like to keep them in my sketch books as ideas. So I just always keep my ideas organized and all my thoughts organized in my sketch book so that when I do go to do a bigger art project I have all the information as I was thinking about it and as my thoughts were going along. I also sometimes just have a very plain ordinary utilitarian type sketch book where I just throw in just really rough sketches and different ideas as well so you don't really always need to have such a fancy sketchbook sometimes it's just nice to just have something. Again I have put in all my little thumb nails for my different paintings and things that I want to do. So that's another idea for a sketchbook and of course there is all different sizes as I mentioned. You can have larger sketch books, smaller ones and it's also very nice to have some markers and a little pencil set and to carry around with you in your sketch book so that you have all your materials and sketching supplies and it's nice to have all different sorts of materials so that you'll always be ready to sketch wherever you are. This is Jacklyn Laflamme. Thank you so much for watching.


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