I buy numerous sketchbooks for my ideas. They’re not very professional either. I tear out pages, cut out ideas and paste sketches from other places in them. They’re very functional for me.
- Different sketchbooks with different topics. This allows me to concentrate on a focused set of ideas. When I pick up my human studies sketchbook, I know I’m going to be drawing people. It helps me focus also to see where I’ve been in the past.
- I don’t short-circuit any ideas. If an idea goes into a sketchbook that works better somewhere else, I will clip it out and put it into another sketchbook.
- With a pen and a ruler, each sketchbook is divided into sections (usually nine segments). This was a breakthrough. Now I can create segments that are discrete and framed outputs. I don’t have this huge page of paper to waste space adding random thoughts to. Each frame has a little border around it that I can write in if need be. Nine ideas, and then I move on.
- If a sketch is found to be distracting, I clip it out and put it in a more appropriate sketchbook or I send it to the trash
- I use different drawing utensils. For some reason, I found that I get different output when I use different pens, pencils, markers or simply colors. If my ideas need a jolt, I simply switch my utensil for a few pages.
- Over time, when I go back and look at my sketchbooks, I’m taken back to the mindset I had when I created those sketches.