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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.