Keeping A Sketchbook
Staring at the figure you've just drawn, you can't help but cringe at the fact that something just doesn't look right. Perhaps it's a problem with proportion? Maybe the figure doesn't seem to fit into the background? Whatever the problem is - chances are it's a result from a lack of preparation.
Creative ideas always strike at the most inconvenient times. Most people will quickly attempt to create a masterpiece with this fresh idea, before dwelling on thoughts of composition or colour. A Great work of art is the offspring of a few generations of sketches.To avoid composition problems, it's best to ignore the temptation to create the final version before completing a few trial sketches.
Your Sketchbook Should Be Portable
Using a sketchbook that's comfortable enough to be portable, is an excellent way to quickly jot down ideas and brainstorm upon a work of the future. Use pointform notes within your sketchbook as well. Jot down such things as what material you might use, or the size and colors of the work. Most importantly, don't go with your first idea - even if you're positive it's perfect. Try drawing your idea from other perspectives.
Sketches Are Not Final Statements
A sketchbook is a record of the birth of your future final work. Like the family photo album, it will show the development of your piece. Try to think of your sketchbook as a creativity recorder; an idea source for works to come.
It's good to get into the habit of drawing in your sketchbook everyday. Record an event that occurred that day, a sight you saw, or even a dream from the night before. Using a sketchbook will help to prevent masterpieces that don't appear to have been mastered.