Here are 20 sketchbook drawing ideas and prompts to get you started…
How to use the sketchbook drawing ideas
Some of the sketchbook drawing ideas are simple drawing practice – draw what you see – but some I’ve left more open-ended for you to explore in your own way.
Try to choose something that’s personal and meaningful for you else your sketchbook drawing will become more of a chore than a pleasure.
Where the prompt is clearly of something to draw, you can focus in on the bit that interests you.
For example, if you like, spot one thing you find interesting, unusual, or noteworthy for you, and draw that, rather than drawing the whole scene.
Where the prompt is less concrete, get started by writing out the prompt in your sketchbook.
Sit with it for a moment, say it out loud. What comes immediately to mind? A word? An emotion or feeling? A mental connection to another word, place, thing, or event? Another feeling?
Write down any words that come to mind as they float into your head and allow the connections and feelings to come for you, writing them into your sketchbook.
Your sketchbook is not just a place for drawing, it’s a place for working things out – a place not for fully-formed ideas but a place for ideas to form, for ideas in progress.
It’s okay if little or nothing comes up that inspires you. Try something else – or follow an avenue of thoughts to see where they lead.
Any one idea, word, thought, or feeling can ignite that spark of inspiration… a tiny increase in your heart rate that tells you you’ve found something that excites you, that’s meaningful, interesting, and purposeful for you…
Follow your spark of inspiration and see where it goes…
Is it a doodle?
Do you need to research imagery? Find it, print it, cut it out, and stick it in your sketchbook…
Write it all down in your sketchbook.
Practice drawing or doodling. Feel free and see where your sketchbook takes you.
It might just be the kernel of an idea that might go no further for now.
It might be something you can return to at a later date when flicking back through your sketchbook in search or inspiration or an ‘a-ha’ moment.
It might be a tiny spark that you feel you want to nurture and grow, and it will start to give your art meaning.
It may even help you to understand your own personality and your own important needs in life.
Our drawing and art is so personal and we need to feel free to open our hearts and our minds to explore the route that feels right to us…
Just trust your instinct, be curious, and allow yourself to follow the themes and techniques that feel right for you.
I hope that these sketchbook drawing ideas and prompts have helped you to get started or to get unstuck with your sketchbook.
Enjoy your sketchbook time. It’s a book just for you to help you to create your art.
If you feel like it’s not working for you at the moment, change it up a little bit and find a way that makes it work for you.
This is an extract from my free Sketchbooks PDF - download it here to get more help with your sketchbook practice plus instructions for making your own sketchbooks.
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