Always Carry a Sketchbook

If you’re an artist or a creative type, you know that inspiration can strike at any time, but when it does strike, it’s important to take advantage. That’s why it’s important to always carrying a sketchbook with you wherever you go. Carrying a pad of paper around with you at all times may seem a little old school, but once you get into the habit of having one with you wherever you go, we promise you’ll love the benefits.

SketchbookSketchbooks provide a safe space for you to experiment, jot down ideas, sketch out something interesting that you encounter when you’re out in the world, or give you a creative space to revisit later on. Plus, for those of you who work on unforgiving mediums, like unyielding and brittle sculpture or expensive canvas, sketchbooks can be great spaces to sketch out your ideas before really committing. You can play with shapes and colors until you’re satisfied with your idea, and then begin a new project.

Sketchbooks don’t have to just be for drawn ideas, either. If you’re more of a wordsmith, use your sketchbook to make lists, jot down story ideas, write anecdotes, profile an interesting person you met, or even record an interesting conversation that you overhear. The key is to use your sketchbook as a depository of your daily experience, so that this experience can be later drawn upon in your art.

If you’re a man or woman of the modern age, and can’t stand the idea of a pen and paper, consider a digital version, like an iPad or other tablet; anything to get those creative juices flowing. There are many apps available that allow you to enter ideas as lists or freeform drawings. If you’re the tech savvy sort, look into these options to keep on your smartphone or tablet to make use of when inspiration strikes.

Start by challenging yourself: draw or write one thing in your sketchbook every day for one week or one month. After that week or month, look back at all of the ideas you’ve had; you’re sure to be impressed with your creative breadth, and may even have captured your next masterpiece or magnum opus!