How to Keep a Sketchbook:
Alright. So you have a blank page and you don’t know what to draw?
Here’s my advice:
Draw something you like. Draw something on your mind. Draw something that inspired you. Keep it simple. The more simple drawings turn out the best. Add text if you like text. Practice typography. Copy something. Trust me, copying isn’t bad. It’s bad if you claim the original idea as your’s.
However, don’t spend all day online looking at other drawings. If you have an idea and need a reference, then go online. Otherwise, stay away from other people’s sketchbook pages. You will start to put yourself down and lose your own “essence”.
A sketchbook is your space. A piece of YOU. It’s an amalgamation of your ideas and thoughts. It’s like a physical copy of your soul. This is a safe place to have bad drawings and mistakes. Just. Draw.
Next: Limit your supply box to your strengths. Just because someone else excels with pens and inks doesn’t mean you will. You do best with a mechanical pencil? Use it. Charcoal? Use it. The less time you spend focusing on what tool to use the more time you have to draw. Later on you can throw in “experiments”. Perhaps keep a separate sketchbook for those experiments.
This is so important. Someday you will look back at this sketchbook and you will have become a better, more experienced artist. I found my old Ceramics sketchbook and now that I have better skills I am able to revisit those ideas. Now I have the know-how to make said vase. This also goes for my own personal sketchbooks for painting ideas. I have found that with notes I can inspire my Future Self.
You do art FOR YOURSELF. Not to impress people or gain “likes” and “follows”. This is something you do to express yourself. Draw what you like. Draw how your feeling. Draw for yourself. Draw as much as you want.
DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER ARTISTS.