A quick look at just four good reasons to tote your sketchbook, notebook, or journal with you.
A sketchbook gives you a place to capture the fleeting experiences and ideas that come your way and make them tangible before they evaporate.
See a gorgeous landscape, sketch it.
Hear a joke, write it down.
Notice a distinctive face, draw it.
Spot an amazing letterform, capture it.
Dream a plot for an award-winning movie, storyboard it.
Think how much faster civilization would have advanced if our Neanderthal ancestors had worthy sketchbooks in which to record their ideas.
Why waste vital mental capacity trying to remember things. Putting things down on the pages of your sketchbook removes the cognitive burden of remembering everything. Trust me, anything that lightens the load on overtaxed cognition is good.
A sketchbook is a marvelous place to polish concepts, identify winners, and push half-baked notions toward perfection by tweaking, combining, and refining.
Carrying and using a sketchbook makes you look smarter. Even a dunce looks intelligent with a notebook. Why? Because carrying a sketchbook suggests you are someone with valuable insights that are worth writing down.
You may have other reasons. Feel free to share them. I’d love to hear from you.
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Don—Pittsburgh, September 12, 2019