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Sketchbooks in Schools: using sketchbooks to inspire, motivate and engage


Sketchbook Secrets: 50 Beautiful Sketchbook Scans

The sketchbook is—to borrow a term from the new millenniums’ popular discourse—an artist’s BFF. It’s a diary for the visually inclined—a place where artists can most comfortably explore their personal thoughts, work out their visual needs, practice, maintain a visual history, and hopefully create the unpolished work that will eventually lead to amazing work for the world to see.


Sketchbook of Ted McGrath

Will Scobie

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Jillian Tamaki Sketchbook

- Your personal work (sketchbook) and jobs (projects) are not separate. Your sketchbook work should be experimental and free and represent what truly interests YOU. Discoveries made in your sketchbook can and should find their way into your paid work.

- Make errors. Try new media. Cheesy and obvious-sounding, but true.

Read more useful advice here...


Using a series of professional and student examples, this film explores how sketchbooks can become a personal ‘visual conversation’ that can become a valuable tool in understanding how the world is made.
The analytical nature of drawing means that by sketching regularly, we can begin to build up a visual memory to use as a resource for designing from the imagination. You should read the two accompanying hand outs below and may find it helpful to stick the list of ‘10 Steps’ in the front of your sketchbook as a reminder.

1: Keeping a Sketchbook by Pam Locker from University of Lincoln on Vimeo.

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