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    Question about Sketchbooks and Visual Research

    Hey folks,

    An interesting question popped into my mind. I'm in 3rd year Uni atm and for every project we do we must submit a sketchbook that illustrates our research. Because I mainly work digitally I do all the thumbnails and sketches on the computer and stick them in my blog. So what's left to put in the sketchbook? I fill it with lots of printed images off the internet, with little annotations.

    What would you do? What should a research sketchbook be filled with?

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    I get the vibe that because you work digitally, drawing traditionally is suddenly not an option for some reason. That's silly, use a pencil, or inks or watercolours. It's good for your kidneys. It's also good for being intentional with your strokes.

    As for your research, you can also print off pictures and diagrams of whatever you're supposed to be researching and then sketch new things from studying those things. traditionally of course.
    If you absolutely insist on doing everything digitally then you can print off your digital sketches and glue them into your sketchbook like we used to do with MSpaint back in Kindergarten.


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    I mainly work digital too!
    What would I do? I would fill the sketchbook with drawings done in pencil. Is it that hard to leave digital for a while and just fill a sketchbook in a traditional way?

    EDIT: printing your pictures and pasting them in a sketchbook seems like such a waste of paper :/ don't do that, if you can help it. If you're really so anti-traditional art, why don't you ask your teacher if you can put up your research on a blog and show it to him/her?
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    I can't drag my computer to a museum or outside and I honestly can't bear to sit on computer all the time (nor do I have the time), so my sketchbook is filled mostly of museum/city/building/car studies (I usually both do a sketch and take a photo of everything I draw in the city), people doodles/gestures from coffee shops and various sketches and studies I do from books (weapons, clothes, animals, etc) and imagination during the time between waking up and leaving to work (which is too short for me to open a computer), just ideas to later explore more digitally. Also they're filled with text, dialog, quotes and other things that relate directly to what I want to draw.

    Like others, I don't really understand why you can't just draw to the sketchbook?
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    Thanks for replies folks! Just to clarify, I can draw in my sketchbook, and I do. It's just that with all the development work going on elsewhere, I find it difficult to add relevant material. Don't get me wrong, my personal sketchbook, the one that nobody would ever see, is filled with all sort of doodles, scribbles and squiggles, half of which I don't quite understand myself. I even keep a separate sketchbook near my bed, in case I have an awesome dream. My personal sketchbook is however different to a uni project sketchbook. Sorry, I must've made it unclear in the original post.

    EDIT: Just saw the edit on your post Voodoo Mama. I'm absolutely, definitely, 100% for traditional art - I'm typing this with my fingers and jeans covered in gouache
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    If you're willing to print off random images to stick in your sketchbook why not your digital process?

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    If all your relevant project-related development is digital and posted on your blog, I'd see if your teacher is okay with just being linked to your blog, or, failing that, print the development sketches out and stick them in a folder or binder. (Pasting them in a sketchbook seems like a waste of a sketchbook... Not to mention tedious...)

    And if you're already doing all your development work digitally and this is working fine for you, then making up extra development work just to fill a sketchbook seems a bit redundant.

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    Ask your instructor if they specifically want a traditional sketchbook or whether pointing them at your blog or a binder full of printouts of your digital process would be sufficient.

    We won't be marking your work. We also won't be getting a bad mark if we give you bad advice. So just go and find out exactly what your profs want.
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    One of the problems with a blog is that the images are likely both small and viewed sequentially or one at a time. Analog is still a better way to view or get a sense of someone's thought process and research. Jim Gurney for example, has a couple great books out, most of the material is in his blog...it is still easier to read, flip through and absorb in book form.
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    Print images out.

    Hole puncher.

    Ring binder.

    There are ring bound sketchbooks.
    Last edited by OmenSpirits; March 4th, 2012 at 01:41 AM.
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    1. Buy small (~5x7) sketchbook.
    2. Open, cut approx. 1"Wx2.5"Hx.5"D compartment into middle of pages.
    3. Insert USB thumbdrive containing development sketches.
    4. Submit sketchbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    1. Buy small (~5x7) sketchbook.
    2. Open, cut approx. 1"Wx2.5"Hx.5"D compartment into middle of pages.
    3. Insert USB thumbdrive containing development sketches.
    4. Submit sketchbook.
    Forgot:

    5. Receive a B+ for creativity. F for following directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Forgot:

    5. Receive a B+ for creativity. F for following directions.
    I don't know, some of my more artsy-fartsy teachers would totally eat that up... A+ for post-modern irony!

    Some of my other teachers would probably just give you a Look and have you do it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Forgot:

    5. Receive a B+ for creativity. F for following directions.
    Quite possibly. Which is why
    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Ask your instructor if they specifically want a traditional sketchbook or whether pointing them at your blog or a binder full of printouts of your digital process would be sufficient.

    We won't be marking your work. We also won't be getting a bad mark if we give you bad advice. So just go and find out exactly what your profs want.
    is the real answer.

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    Thanks for the replies guys! Much appreciated

    I'm liking the idea of USB in sketchbook. Personally I think my lecturer is pretty good sport when it comes to quirky, fun things like that. But you're right, I will go and have a chat with her, to see what exactly she's expecting from us.
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    Sketchbook - I should really update more often.

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