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As artists and designers I’m sure creative ideas are always flowing around in our heads. Inspiration is all around us and there is always a chance to think about design and art, whether its looking at the architectural design of a building, the typography of every store you pass by walking in the city or the colorful frosted cupcakes displayed in a bakery. Inspiration comes from people as well; the way they sit while reading a book or their facial expression while in line to order a cup of coffee. What I’m leading to is the art of sketching. Illustrating all that inspire us.

I keep a sketchbook that I take with me everywhere. I take it to classes, the city and road trips. I want to be ready to document when something or someone catches my eyes. I sketch while waiting for the bus, on the metro, in the bookstore or at the park, I take a moment to observe and take in what it is I see, like the arrangements in the park, the lines of a building, or the expressions of people. Sketching is a way to keep my artistic mind busy.

I wanted to share with you other artist’s sketchbooks. Their work inspires me to continue to observe and document what is around me.


  1. spotter2 wrote:

    Many a designer will tell you they sketch before they ever touch a computer. Someitmes it is easy to overlook this simple yet powerful step.

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
  2. ddunnema wrote:

    Keeping a sketchbook is a very valuable tool to an artist and it is such a simple task yet many seem hesitant to do so. If they could overcome their intial reservations they would find it is a excellent way to hone your artistic sense.

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  3. dyanahua wrote:

    These images are very inspirational. Sometimes I get shy or discourage to pop out my sketchbook in front of people. But now that I see others sharing their sketchbook drawings makes me want to start.

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  4. sloredo wrote:

    Sketching definitely helps me to better consider the layout or composition of whatever I am creating–it does not matter if it is graphic design or fine art. It enables me to work out design problems more easily or consider options that I would have never tried before.

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink