Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pause a Moment: How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal

Staring at a blank page. Staring at a blank page. Staring at a blank page.
The hardest part of starting a sketchbook is overcoming that first blank page. Fear of messing up that first crisp page. Fear of creating an ugly sketch right at the start.

A good resource is How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal by Claudia Nice.
The beginning of the book serves as an introduction for beginners. The first few chapters give the general idea of perspective, values, and breaking down complicated shapes into basic shapes. The book also goes into the basics of sketching with various media; pencil, pen, watercolor, and mixed media.

The second half of the book focuses on different themes you can use for your sketchbook. Travel journal, Reference journal, Gardening journal and several others are included. Each theme is its own chapter, complete with sketches and tips.

The one problem I had with the book was the font. The font used throughout the book is suppose to resemble handwriting. While it enhances the feel of reading a personal journal, it also makes it difficult to read through quickly. Maybe it was the author's intent; slow down and take in everything you see. Each little part is as significant as the next.

To jumpstart your creative juices, How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal is worth a gander.

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