“It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end”

This is a quote by Leonardo da Vinci. And I think it’s safe to say that we can all agree on it.

Beginning in a brand new sketchbook can feel kind of scary, because of that resistance you feel. That first page might ‘set the tone’ for the rest of the sketchbook, or maybe your inner critic tells you that this first drawing should be meaningful, and most important: perfect.

Hold on – wait a second.

First things first. Write down your contact details, so that in case you loose your sketchbook, hopefully, the person who finds it, will get it back to you. And second; get to know this new sketchbook. How does the paper react to your favorite tools? What does it do when you put paint on it? Does ink need to dry for a bit, or does the paper soak it up right away?

Grab your sketch kit, take out your favorite tool, and start drawing every item in your kit. While you’re doing this, you’re documenting tools and colors, as well as getting to know your new sketchbook a little bit. And before you know it, you filled the whole page!

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