Are you friends with a notebook? Do you feed him with sketches, studies, sketches and sketches?
Daily drawing is popular now. People keep creative diaries, gain observation experience in sketches, create comics on the pages of their travel books, and glue collages.
However, choosing your first notebook is far from easy! There are many options on the counter, and they, like animals in a pet store, look directly into the soul, giving rise to great creative plans by their very appearance!
The most “correct” notebook is the one with which it is easy. Personally, I am against violence against myself if the material resists. An inconvenient format alone can bring a lot of disappointment! Try A5 notebooks, they are convenient to carry with you, and a sketch of this size is done quickly enough, moreover, practically “on the knee”.
The quality of the paper in the notebook is also of great importance. For watercolor, take special, textured paper, try different grains, small and larger, rough and almost smooth. This amazing paint loves water and on different paper it will show you different tricks …
A simple pencil likes paper that is not very thick, slightly grainy to the touch, rough. This kind of paper looks good in a short drawing. The living line curls on it, and the stain is contrasting.
You can buy special paper for markers, but you can use ordinary notebooks for graphics, if you put a blank sheet of paper under the drawing in advance so that ink does not leak during work to the next page.
For fountain pens and multi-liners, you should choose the smoothest paper in the sketchbook, the pen will slide on it and the line will come out more concise.
When working in realistic sketching, be sure to try sketching on tinted paper! When the background plays the role of an intermediate tone, adding light to it with a white pencil and dark places with black, you can achieve a beautiful volumetric effect. You can try to work on craft or black paper, with an acrylic marker or pastels, because hiking experiments are truly inexhaustible!
You can also sew a notebook yourself by choosing from the range of art stores those sheets that will be convenient in everyday drawing. You can find interesting creative solutions by adding pages of tinted paper for work with pastels and watercolors of various textures, because each creative task is looking for its own, unique expression.
Do not forget to just glue tracing paper sheets into your pastel notebook so that the work, crumbling a little, does not stain the next sheet.
If you are going to draw on a daily basis, choose a sketchbook with a hard back cover, so in any environment you will not feel embarrassed when drawing.
In a pocket, or in a purse, along with a cosmetic bag and a phone, a notebook should become a permanent inhabitant, because even fleeting sketches can later be embodied in an interesting idea of a large work.
What can I say! Any observational experience is a penny in the piggy bank of visual memory and observational experience, and all this is very necessary for an artist.