Ultimate Guide to Sketchbooks and Paper
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A beginner's guide to sketchbooks and paper with lotsa juicy info about paper types, texture, weight, archivability and most importantly, how to avoid the common mental pitfall of sketchbooking. I'll get you started on the right path with sketchbooks so you can focus on improving your drawing skills. And you can treat this lesson as a resource you can come back to in the future when you need to refresh your memory of drawing paper. Next week we’ll have a premium-only comprehensive beginners guide to Pencils, Erasers, and Sharpeners!
Hi Stan, any way to switch off the background music? I find it—even though it is not really loud—quite annoying. I have to concentrate quite a lot to filter it out (I am over 50, so that might contribute)
(If you dont want to read all this, go down to the summary at the end) What sketchbooks should I buy to draw with? I am a complete beginner but I have drawn from time to time. I think I like slightly thicker paper? I have these writing blocks at home and I like number 1 more(20g heavier) than number 2. So I guess I should go with heavier. But I have one problem. I was in a 8 week(once every week, so 8 times) drawing beginner class a year ago. And I remember hating it because the teacher never really taught us beginner stuff, he just had us draw still-life(without teaching us how yo make lines, hwo to shade, etc...). But thats not why I hated it. I remember feeling fear because I didnt know "how" to make the lines I wanted and "how" to get the still-life to my paper. Here is the thing I hated, I felt like my paper was different from the other peoples paper, like my paper showed through more, more white spots and I didnt know how to fix that. So I guess my paper texture was too rough? I had to smudge it out to fix it(and it still showed sometimes) while the other people didnt have to. [Summary] Short version of all text: What paper should I get? I like printer paper, a little heavier paper, but not too rough paper(I think?, probably like smooth)
*HOT TAKES ONLY* Do you draw on the front and back of your sketchbook pages or just the right side?
One thing I like to do with my sketchbook is to draw actors and actresses I see while watching TV, but often times is very difficult and frustrating, I don't know if this is a good exercise, does anyone else do it?
Hi, I am a newbie and interested in learning to draw but I have this paperlike-notebook called remarkable 2 and I usually sketch on it, Do I need different kinds of pencils to follow this course or using such tech help me get better aswell. I am asking because I dont know if there are different levels of sharpness or lead that one needs to create good sketches. Any guidance in this regard would be helpful:)
Hello everybody, i am new here 😀. I have a general question : how can i prevent the drawings in my sketchbook from smudging after i have finished on them? I want to use all the pages in my sketchbook but after a while they smudge the drawing on the opposite page. Thanks in advance! ❤️
23/3/2023 taking the time and opportunity to show off the results of this video: https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/ultimate-guide-to-sketchbooks-and-paper/notes this helped a LOT with my mental state and also figured out what i could/needed to do when buying/starting on a New Sketchbook.
I made a new sketchbook today, the previous one was full. A4 size (Fabriano 120 g, A3 sketch sheets folded in half), own binding, 160 pages in total. It can be opened completely flat, so A3-sized drawings are also possible.
Just finished with my pear and- it was fun! It didn’t take too long for me, and it’s a little bit off length wise, but, as a young artist, it came out better than I expected it would
Many useful comments throughout this section. I tend to want to be a perfectionist. I need to slow down and learn to enjoy the process and realize sketching is essential and not meant to be perfect. This will be hard to overcome but is probably why I abandon my drawings so much.
I play around with my new toned sketch paper and my new mechanical pencils with 2mm led. I usually sketch on white sketchpaper with a blue colerase pencil. So this is new and different . When I saw prokos DK I just wanted to draw him as well.
I care for someone who is housebound and have to buy art materials on line. My question is if you try a new sketchbook and for whatever reason it doesn't feel right, is it like a book that you plough through to the end or is it ok to abandon it? I know there are no right and wrongs per se. Just curious.
I just found this (site/videos/whole thing) today, and joined today too! I am so excited to try this course! I was curious if Stan / Proko had considered making the lesson notes a pdf that we could download...? Not a need, just a thought.
Trying my best to keep myself accountable and at least draw one thing everyday. Today I sketched my cat, a lot of this is fast and loose like my other sketches. However I realized I don’t know what I do with fur, I love the left side of his face came out but everything else about this sketch I hate. Again I wasn’t trying to create a final product. I’m just trying to put my miles in.
I got my sketch book! Previously when drawing I would keep my pinky barely touching the desk to keep a consistent pencil angle. When I get to the edge of the page it is pretty annoying being an inch above my desk. Am I supposed to be able to draw with a hovering hand? If not, is there anyhting wrong with tearing the sketch book apart to only work on a single page at a time?
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