I love sketchbooks but I don’t utilize my sketchbooks enough. Most of them are covered in scribbles, rough thumbnails, layouts, ideas, or notes for client work. Not art or experimentation. I’m trying to change that.
One of my biggest problems in completing art based sketchbooks is that without a certain project or goal in mind I never know what to draw. That gave me an idea (and not a cheap one). I purchased different sketchbooks for different subject matters in hopes it will give me content to fill these books. One sketchbook for all things natural; plants in my yard, bugs I find, landscapes, outdoor adventures, etc. One for characters; super heroes, movie characters, celebrities. I have a small one for traveling. I have one for more fantasy or weird based subject matters. I have one just to try new techniques and another one for writing and personal opinion subject matters.
That might seem like overkill but it has given me a way to break up my sketchbooks into small assignments. One day I’ll work in the character book, the next day I make sure to take my supplies outside and explore nature, so on and so forth.
In terms of my art making, having a few different sketchbooks has made a big impact on the amount I’m drawing, trying new things and having more fun filling each book.