I don’t think I’m the only one who has the issue of the BLANK FIRST PAGE in a sketchbook. It’s so intimidating – it’s really tricky to figure out exactly what to put on the first page that won’t “ruin” the sketchbook. My neuroses around sketchbooks run even deeper, though – once I fill out that first page, I feel intimidated by the next page, and the next one afterward! I hate flipping through a sketchbook and seeing a series of bad sketches during art block or periods where I’m busy or just not producing work up to my top quality. I know that’s a very silly attitude to have around sketchbooks, given that they’re meant for practice and mistakes, but that’s just the way it is with me.
I discovered something that really helps, a technique that has made me infinitely more prolific in my sketchbook and less stressed about it too. I wanted to pass it on for anyone experience art block or feeling neurotic and paralyzed while using their sketchbook.
Don’t go in order.
No really. Flip to a random page and fill it in. If you feel weird about that, date it or number it. Then, the next time you use your sketchbook, flip to a random other page. Rinse, repeat, and you’ll notice a huge difference in your stress level and your use of your sketchbook.
Just give it a shot, I promise. And let me know if you try it in the comments!