7 tips for sketchbook drawing

7 tips on what to draw in your sketchbook. Personally, I have two main sketchbooks one is 9×12 and 14×17. As an artist you need a sketchbook because it keeps you organize. And yes, you can draw on regular white copy paper, but it’s hard to keep them all together in order in folder. With sketchbook, I always put the date on the first page drawn, then the last page. And I wrote “From Month/Year to Month/Year on the cover. The reason I did that because I will know the exact period of time I spend on one sketchbook. Moreover, if I need to compare two sketchbooks, I can to see if there is any improvement in my skill level.

There are 7 main reasons I use my sketchbook mostly for.

1) To get some quick concept idea down like thumbnails and comps.
2) To practice drawing, rendering, and shading skill and see my progression.
3) I use it in life drawing session weekly
4) Sometimes I go outside to do some landscape or environmental study
5) To work out on some preliminary composition sketches and new character, props, environmental design.
6) Random sketch down before bed, I often get cool weird idea that way.
7) To quick storyboard sequential instead of using script.

Here are some samples from my old sketchbook (I’ve not scanned anything new recently so.)

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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  • JONATHAN KISER

    You inspire me to be a better artist…I will start a notebook and follow your advice.