Everyone has linked to Gary Panter’s ten tips for keeping a sketchbook, but that is because they are so awesome.
You can make all kinds of rules for your art making, but for starting in a sketchbook, you need to jump in and get over the intimidation part — by messing up a few pages, ripping them out if need be. Waste all the pages you want by drawing a tic tac toe schematic or something, painting them black, just doodle. Every drawing will make you a little better. Every little attempt is a step in the direction of drawing becoming a part of your life.
Panter, although perhaps best known in the popular consciousness as the designer of many of the props of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, is also a renowned painter and cartoonist. His DAL TOKYO was recently published by Fantagraphics.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.