Why a sketchbook

Why the Sketchbook – A sketchbook is a document that contains visual records produced by the artist and is a resource of great importance in learning about the surrounding world, sometimes serving as a complement to larger works. One of the Sketchbook functions is to assist in the planning and refinement of this work. This role involves carrying out composition studies and sketches of graphic organization. Drawing is not just a form of artistic expression; it is also a way of structuring visual thinking and finding solutions to problems. Its portability makes the artist independent from the physical space, being able to use it indoors or outdoors and at any time, as it is carried in the pocket. As a support tool, the Sketchbook is a suitable place to build creative paths that range from “brainstorming” for the first ideas to the maturation and development of a finished graphic solution. By facilitating the structuring of creative paths, the Sketchbook gives them consistency and solidity, countering the risks of a superficial approach to the works to be carried out. But what makes Sketchbooks special is that not only the theme that captures our attention at the moment are recorded on it, but also a world of sensations, smells, conversations around us, sounds and even the light of that day and that moment and to remember all this surroundings just open it. The drawing thus emerges as an integrating element, a means of recording and communicating the present during the day, the week or the year.

I propose to everybody who wants more than a photo, to carry out the report in the graphic journal , in a notebook of frequent and daily graphic records, trying to give a personal view, which is intended to be without judgments or prejudices. As drawing is a synthesis of information, We will discover and reveal the importance of small things, the passage of time and the recording of each small part of the world at a time, a personal view of everyday life and all its surroundings, people, places and objects around me and in my own way.


“My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiencing, scribbling things
whenever they happen.” Vincent van Gogh


“Give me a notebook and a pen and I will reconstruct the world on every page.”
Paula Lourenço

the following videos are an example of how the whole environment fits into a simple drawing. of course only I can remember the smells and conversations around me from that moment🤓

the small spots seen in the drawing are raindrops, therefore I recorded the weather of that day in my sketchbook. Isn’t that amazing?

Thanks for reading.

Published by Paula Lourenco

Draw António, draw and do not Walter time. Leonardo da Vinci - https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=0vN_d6TYFF4

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