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    Ripping out sketchbook pages?

    I usually rip out pages from my sketchbook, and then the book gets kinda messed up (pages get harder to turn & pages rip easier). What should i do? I dont want to go buy another sketchbook to waste my money.

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    There are these things called erasers that allow you to remove the image without ripping out the page. Try them or don't make mistakes.

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    get over it, thats what im trying to tell myself at least. im also having this fear of messing up a bound book, but i think the only way to deal with it, is to accept your fails and overcome that fear.

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    Use an x-acto knife and cut the page out instead of tearing it. You're ruining the binding.

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    Are you removing the pages because you like them (for show/display), or because you don't like them (to throw them out)? The first is fine, the second is silly.


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    As elwell said.

    I think of it like this;
    your sketchbook is your journal, and you should be proud of your progress. You dont need to show off your work, if you don't want to, and it's a good idea to leave even your worst work, so that you can look back upon it years later and see how you've grown.
    Unless you are ripping pages out to show it off, or mount it somewhere, leave it in your book.
    there are really few reason to rip out a page of a sketchbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexTLe View Post
    What should i do? I dont want to go buy another sketchbook to waste my money.
    That statement indicates the purchase of another sketchbook would indeed be a waste of money. Try guitar.

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    Jeff, the music world will hate you for this.

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    Use spiral-bound sketchbooks? Or a loose-leaf binder? Or sketchbooks with perforated pages? (Strathmore makes some sketchbooks with perforated pages, and there are probably other brands that do as well...)

    Or, you know, just leave the sketches in the book? Unless you need to take them out to scan them or hang them on the wall or something, there's no point in ripping them out...

    And how is buying new sketchbooks ever a "waste", I mean, it's a sketchbook. You can ALWAYS use more sketchbooks. The more sketchbooks the better.

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    Learn to live with your good days and with your bad days. A sketchbook is like life: you can try to rip out a page, but you can only rip off yourself...

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    My sketchbooks are full of brainfarts and random scribbles, but it's not holy or anything. It's there for my problem-solving process, not for beautiful artwork. I think on the paper and I, better than anyone, know how warbled my mind can be at times - it's easy to see where the messy sketchbook comes from. Get over it and knock yourself out!



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    I totally get what the OP is saying. I remember being like 15 yrs old and seeing sketchbooks of my favorite artists at conventions and being COMPLETELY blown away by them. Every drawing was great! But that is, of course, because those artists have tons of experience. But at that time, I didn't know that and I'd spend my time trying to create some kind of "portfolio sketchbook" where it was all of my best stuff. But of course at that age I wasn't good enough, so it meant I ripped out pages.

    Seems so dumb now...but I get it!

    So yeah, OP...just don't do that. You need to let it go that your sketchbook is some sort of thing you show people to impress them and realize that it's meant to be WHAT YOU ACTUALLY LEARN WITH. All drawings, good and bad, serve the higher purpose of getting better.

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    If you rip them out, learn to fold origami so it's not a total waste

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    you can all ways use the torn pages for toilet paper sins you think the drawings or shit any way lol

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    Oh, I do that. I *love* my sketchbooks, right up until the time I draw a real clunker in one. Then I obsess about it. I am what you might call an uneven performer.

    I work on loose paper a lot.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    If you rip them out, learn to fold origami so it's not a total waste

    I can do a neat frog that jumps when you stroke its back.


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    If you want to have a book of nice drawings, buy pads of paper and stick the finished drawings in a bound portfolio. The average sketchbook just doesn't have super-awesome paper in it so it makes no sense to treat it like some sort of amazing thing. The good paper comes loose or in pads.

    If you're ripping out pages for some other reason, do like QueenGwenevere said and buy spiral-bound sketchbooks.

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    Do what I do,
    Take the sketchbook place it in a metal bin, surround the bin with salt add lighter fluid, light it and watch it burn, say a small prayer and watch the evil spirits suffer.

    I buy copy paper for sketches, anything good I keep and If I want it polished I redraw it on better or larger type of paper depending on what I'm doing or what medium I want the polished stuff to be on , or just scan and go digital.

    I think you can also buy sketchbooks that every page has near the margin a tear-able line so the page tears out clean. But after awhile the pages can fall out If you use it a lot.

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