I used to keep one naturally, but since kids and this massive world of social media, then I've been making less and less effort to keep one – or so I thought.
The other day I pulled off the bookshelf my three most recent sketchbooks and found myself surprised at how much I actually have been using them.
They are a place to pan out ideas, get them down quickly before forgotten. Also a place to simply be. Be present as you move a pen across paper. Non-confrontational. As they're never, ever going to be finished artworks, then the pressures off, they are simply personal moments.
Most of these sketches, I created while taking part in Bettina's 10 in 10 online sketch group. I just spent some time reviewing them – and I can easily see some seeds for new ideas leaping out at me from these roughs.
ps I love Oscy's tigers and how he was inspired to paint them after seeing mine.