Sketchbook Studio Handouts

Sketchbook Components

Sketches and drawings
 -From memory
 -Planning pieces
 -Art journals
 -Graphs and charts

-Other artist’s work
-Materials etc

Color Palettes

Activity Log

 -Free writes





Goal Management

-Break goals into manageable steps.
The more intimidating the goal, the more specific our steps should be.

-Identify and prepare for obstacles. If you have trouble identifying obstacles practice a mindfulness

-Keep a visual map of the path you want to take toward your goal, include obstacles and routes past the

-Have a weekly goal meeting with friend/s or yourself.

-Keep a parallel calendar to plan your goal around other aspects of life.

-Have imaginary conversations with a hero or your strong self when things get stuck.

-discipline is useful but passion can be more effective.

Time Management Approaches

-small chunks of time at the same place in our schedule.

-one night a week (can be swapped for another night)

-every other week—all one's free-time.

-one weekend a month.

-schedule in studio appointments every week.

-keep a running list of things you need and want to do in your workspace or sketch book so you don't have to decide what to do when you have work time.

-stave off cold feet by starting work time with necessary but not-intimidating tasks, stretching paper,
gesso canvas, etc.

-when encountering a chunk of unplanned time make a conscious decision of what to do with it.

-try measuring time with an app to get a more realistic idea of how long your art takes or where your
free-time goes.

Of all the resources about how to make a living doing what you love or making it as an artist the following left an impression on me of actually being useful. Often, even if we don't want to make money at art, approaching our practice as a career can be very fulfilling. Carol Lloyd's book especially pays respect to the fact that it's important to create an art practice that works for us whether or not we make it a business.

The creative entrepreneur: a DIY visual guidebook for making business ideas real. By Lisa Sonora Beam. Quarry Books, c2008.
How to Be, Do, or Have Anything: A Practical Guide to Creative Empowerment, by Laurence G. Boldt, 2004
The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide. Cassettes By Rick Jarow, 2004.
Creating a Life Worth Living. by Carol Lloyd.

I recommend trying to find sketches by your favorite artists on-line or at the library. There are plenty of articles on the web with inspiring sketchbook photos, here's two extensive sites that have opportunities to participate: A Crowd-funded sketchbook museum and community space.

For zine and book-arts enthusiasts a trip to, in Portland is probably worth your while.

Often the thing in our way is our own attitude about how we should be. If you haven't already watched Brene Brown's TED talks on shame and vulnerability, I recommend it.