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It usually starts with a single idea. The moment you place your pen down on any surface, everything else starts to flow. Point by point, line by line, stroke by stroke, you create something that no ordinary hand can make. This is the mark of a true artist.

Artists are amazing in translating thoughts into viewable images that make everything seem like reality. No matter how abstract or bizarre the message may be, the important thing is that it is finally represented by something that the human eye can see.

Artists are also able to send messages in a way that pushes the viewer to feel real emotions that written or spoken words may not be able to pull out. Each color, texture, or shade invites a reaction and sometimes promotes better understanding. The truth may not be spoken, but it will always come out with the way an artist’s medium connects with the surface.

If there is one tool that allows artists to do all these, it’s a sketchbook. It’s simple, it’s a classic, it is far from complex. But a sketchbook could open up realms of creativity that separates the dreamers from the doers.

A sketchbook is portable and allows artists to sit in any chosen corner and illustrate everything around them. Where photographers may use their lenses to capture moments that no one else will be able to catch, artists use their hands, their minds, their emotions to translate everyday life into works of art.

For any emerging artist, the sketchbook can both be a source of inspiration or a source of frustration. The moment a pencil, a pen, or the tip of a brush connects with the paper, an artist immediately knows whether they can make something great or not at that exact, precise moment. Unfortunately, even the most passionate of artists lose their spark too. They lose inspiration. They run out of creative juices.

This is why looking at the works of other artists is just as important. In a world where there is so much to experience, it is always a must to look at life through the point of view of others – in this case, through the hands of other artists.

If you are an artist who is struggling to find your flow, take a look at these stunning sketchbook drawings. These will inspire you and help you remember why you became an artist in the first place.

A guy with a beard by BambooVase

a guy with a beard

Mountain sketch by Christopher Perry

Mountain sketch by Christopher Perry

Elephant Sketch by BloodMoat

Elephant Sketch by BloodMoat

In Between by Charles Santoso

In Between by Charles Santoso

Severed Hands – Pattern by Burnt Toast Creative

Severed Hands - Pattern by Burnt Toast Creative

SF Dribbble Meetup by Eddie Lobanovskiy

SF Dribbble Meetup by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Anchor Sketch by Grace Wolf

Anchor Sketch by Grace Wolf

The incident on a banana by Andrey Koval

The incident on a banana by Andrey Koval

Steve Jobs sketch by Zaib Ali

Steve Jobs sketch by Zaib Ali

Santa Monica by Julia Kuo

Santa Monica by Julia Kuo

Beer Label Sketch by Sam Lee

Beer Label Sketch by Sam Lee

Imogen (abstract) Sketch

Imogen (abstract) Sketch

Architecture Sketch

Architecture Sketch

Sketch by Toni Caputo

Sketch by Toni Caputo

Left Hand

Left Hand

Animal logo sketches by Inkration

Animal logo sketches by Inkration

Parakit sketch by Mads Hindhede Svanegaard

Parakit sketch by Mads Hindhede Svanegaard

Sketch by Nigel Sussman

Sketch by Nigel Sussman

Italy Sketchbook by Rob Carey

Italy Sketchbook by Rob Carey

Summer Sketch by Nache Ramos

Summer Sketch by Nache Ramos

Sketch Nº007 by Gianmarco Magnani

SKETCH Nº007 by Gianmarco Magnani

Sketch by Raymond Tse

sketch by Raymond Tse

Jewelry Design by Delord Simon-Pierre

Jewelry Design by Delord Simon-Pierre

Feelings by Killer 29

Feelings by Killer 29

Sketch by Cat Sims

Sketch by Cat Sims

Sketch by Robotrake

Sketch by Robotrake

Sketch V by Holly Sharpe

Sketch V by Holly Sharpe

Charcoal No. 97, by Lee Woodman

Charcoal No. 97, by Lee Woodman

Sketching by Allan Douglas Parker

Sketching by Allan Douglas Parker

Sketch by Ashleigh Izienicki

Ashleigh Izienicki

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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