I've heard sooo many stories about how kids have gotten full rides to prestigious art schools based on their sketchbook alone. When I first heard things like this, I was literally disgusted, but I have since gained a much greater appreciation for sketching. So I'll start this post off with explaining why sketching is so important.
6 reasons why sketching your ideas is so, so important:
1. Because it helps your creativity.
2. When you have writer’s block (photographer’s block?), you can just look at unused ideas in your sketchbook.
3. Over time, you can see the progress of your ideas.
4. You can go back to a sketchbook you had like 5 years ago and take ideas from it
5. You don’t have to blindly go into a photo-shoot and wing it.
6. You know those times you get a phenomenal idea and it’s so good that you feel like you’ll always remember it whether you write it down or not, then end up forgetting it the next day and hating yourself? Yeah, if you actually do write it down in a sketchbook, that won’t happen.
Soooo, taking all of that into consideration, I sketch a lot. Here are a few pages from some of my sketchbooks (excuse any profanity):
(Circa 2011) I definitely suck at drawing, but getting your ideas out visually is very helpful.
h(2013) Get your ideas out whether you have your sketchbook on you or not, you can always include it later.
(2014) If there's an artist who you really like, write him or her down in your sketchbook! I like to add some of their pics too so I know what hell I was talking about when I look back on it.
(2013) Seriously write down every single one of your ideas, no matter how shitty they are.
(2014) Write down a detailed description of your vision. If you go more in-depth when you're super inspired, it's going to be a lot easier to write your artist statement when you're at the end of your series and looking at the same pictures for the millionth time.