How to Use a Sketchbook to Promote Creativity

Some useful advice for visual artists on keeping a daily sketchbook

Adam Westbrook
Mar 11 · 6 min read
Photo by DHANYA A V on Unsplash

Do not draw anything without warming-up first!

Your sketchbook will open your eyes if you let it.

The method you use to journal changes what you notice and what interests you

Some daily comics drawn during the 2020 pandemic
Some daily comics drawn during the 2020 pandemic

Drawing begets more drawing

Active Drawing is a three-step process of 1) making a mistake, 2) identifying the mistake, and 3) re-drawing until you get it right.

Figures drawn from reference

Your sketchbook is yours.

Your sketchbook might be, depending on the obligations you have in your life, the only place where you are completely free, so don’t waste that trying to imitate other people.

Your sketchbook lives.

This is not a YouTube channel: there are no rewards for consistency, but the potential rewards for experimenting are great.

Ask nothing of your sketchbook.

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Adam Westbrook

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Video artist working at The New York Times. I write a weekly newsletter about visual storytelling and creativity. https://adamwestbrook.substack.com/

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