the daily sketchbook group project

the daily sketchbook group project

a couple of days ago on Instagram (I’m here) I posted a pic of my newly bought sketchbook and asked what people think about sketching daily and about keeping a sketchbook. I find it quite difficult to get motivated each day and especially difficult to keep a sketchbook. What happens all the time is me drawing/printing/painting on all kinds of papers I find around, my problem with that in that way my sketches don’t really follow a logical line/progress (and I can’t find anything!).

sketchbook and coffee on my desk

One issue with keeping a sketchbook has to do with motivation. Another one has to do with the fear of showing not-so-perfect sketches.

So I was thinking that maybe if we can work together we might find ourselves accountable to do more sketches and we might find a way to be less scared of the not-so-perfect. Maybe we could ask for help, share tips and share progress or the lack of it. I would love to work on this with other people who have difficulties in keeping a sketchbook or who needs a bit of encouragement. I would like to start a project on instagram and twitter using the hashtag #dailysketchbookgroup. If you want to take part just grab a sketchbook and start using it, post a pic (adding the tag) and write a caption with questions, tips or whatever you want to share in that moment. You don’t need to post everyday, but maybe it could help. I see this as a help group and I really hope it can be useful for many of us.

I would also like to share some tips from people taking part in the project over here on my journal (giving credit).

Let me know in the comments what you think about this project! thank you x

sketching seeds and pods

12 Comments

  1. A brilliant idea Mirta, and one that i think I have needed to be a part of for a very long time!
    I love sketchbooks, I seem to go through phases of collecting them, I love their solid shells and I covert the fresh blank pages – then reality hits, will what I put down live up to my expectations!!! I think I’ve made the mistake of subconsciously putting the humble sketchbook on a pedestal ! Therefore like you I opt for scraps of paper that float about, always going missing just as you need them.

    Basically I think I need to bring the sketchbook back down to earth and I think by using it every day almost as a diary, jotting down thoughts as well as sketches, doodles etc ( even if it is just reminding me to get something out the freezer!) then it becomes less precious!
    That’s just my own view and that’s the way I’m going to start to get to grips with using one, but I’m really hoping that by sharing this and also reading what others find tricky with sketchbooks or how others use theirs positively, I’m going to grow back in love with them!
    Fingers crossed ( thank you for starting this x)

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    • I think many of us put the sketchbook on a pedestal and because of that we finish up not keeping one regularly. I’ve started so many of them, always with the best intentions, never finished one, not even close. I really hope we can work on this together, really looking forward to everyone’s opinions. thank you for taking part x

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      • Hi Mirta, Saw your beautiful work on Instagram & became interested in the Daily Sketchbook Group. Then went on your blog and learned that you started the group. Just want to say a big Thankyou for creating this group and for your wise sharings about the benefits and challenges of keeping a sketchbook. I now have at least ten sketchbooks, none finished, many seemingly unrelated! Yikes! Am also new to my iPad, or it is new to me. Will attempt to join the group today. Wish me luck. Again, Thankyou. Suzzanne

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        • thank you for your lovely comment Suzzanne, looking forward to see your pics for this project. Good luck!

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  2. Oh, I’m right there with you! I bought a brand new sketchbook for the new year, and I started out strong drawing every day, but I’ve faltered. One thing I’ve noticed is that I need to sort out, or even set aside, my expectations. I guess I was thinking my sketchbook would be my idea generator for new work, but I’m beginning to realize it doesn’t work that way for me, and my new product work actually comes together so much better for me when I do what you do – figure it all out on a million little pieces of paper. So I’m going to try to keep my sketchbook as a kind of exercise book, because I know what it does do is keep me more flexible. Anyway, I’d love to participate in this!

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    • that’s it there! a sketchbook doesn’t have to generate new work, it can be an exercise. something that can help us to grow or see things differently, experiment. I would love to have you!

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  3. This is a wonderful idea. I have a lovely (but empty) sketchbook that’s been neglected for far too long…

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  4. Brilliant idea! I think I’m going to try. I’ve started a zapbook recently and I was just thinking to myself that I’d like to keep up a good rhythm, drawing everyday.

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  5. Lovely idea, and I am going to try and join. There was so much pressure on having a good sketch book at college, it kind of intimidates me!

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  6. This is such good timing – id love to join I with this! I have been dying to improve my drawing skills but I have this conflict between intense concentration and making something im satisfied with and then at the other end loosening up but I might not be looking / putting as much effort in as id like… and i end up so rarely making the effort – perhaps expecting too much of myself!! So hopefully theres a middle ground and being part of this may well help me just draw! and share in the challenges we face! X

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  7. Hi Mirta-

    It’s so wonderful to read this because I just wrote a blog post last week about wanting to draw again after a very long break. In fact, I finally went out and bought a fresh new sketchbook this weekend.

    I think my biggest challenge of starting again is thinking that things don’t look “good” enough. Funny thing though is that when I look at other people’s sketches, my favorites are the ones that aren’t perfect.

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    • hi Fawn, I think that’s something lot of us struggle with when keeping a sketchbook. It’s quite beautiful to see the imperfect sketches though. Thank you so much for reading my post and taking time to comment.

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