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Four Reasons to Carry a Sketchbook

A quick look at just four good reasons to tote your sketchbook, notebook, or journal with you.

1. CAPTURE 

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.

Capture

 

2. RECALL

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.

Recall

 

3. REFINE

A sketchbook is a marvelous place to polish concepts, identify winners, and push half-baked notions toward perfection by tweaking, combining, and refining.

Refine

 

4. ELEVATE

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.

Dunce

 

You may have other reasons. Feel free to share them. I’d love to hear from you.

If you’re looking for a better sketchbook, notebook, or journal, check out my latest Kickstarter project—Landing Zone Sketchbooks.

Don—Pittsburgh, September 12, 2019

7 Responses

Woody Reed

December 08, 2019

WOW! I love these!

Please bring them back!

I carry one with me but the big rings are annoying.

Anne

September 19, 2019

This is what my teachers at Architecture school always told me. Always carry a sketchbook so that you can draw everything thats in your mind instantly. Awesome article. Thanks to author

Amy

September 13, 2019

Is the paper heavy enough for multimedia artwork like pen and ink sketching and light watercolor?

Laurie

September 13, 2019

Hi Don!
I have the same issue as the first person; I wanted to support your project at the 10 book level, but those had already been taken. (I settled for the 4 book level.) Do you think you’ll make more and have them in the Calamity store?

Thank you for considering!
Laurie

Linda Hawks Oistad

September 13, 2019

I want to support your Kickstarter project with an order for four sketchbooks, but the site seems to indicate that level of support is no longer available. It’s only September 13. Am I reading that incorrectly?

Kari

September 13, 2019

My youngest daughter has gone everywhere (including Australia recently) with at least one sketchbook. My son preferred plain paper, but sometimes now takes a sketchbook. I used to “art” a lot, but watching them create so diligently has encouraged me to resume random sketching. Great idea, sketchbooks; love your Calamityware line, keep inspiring!

Kari

September 13, 2019

My youngest daughter has gone everywhere (including Australia recently) with at least one sketchbook. My son preferred plain paper, but sometimes now takes a sketchbook. I used to “art” a lot, but watching them create so diligently has encouraged me to resume random sketching. Great idea, sketchbooks; love your Calamityware line, keep inspiring!

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