Sketchbook Prompts 2

How do you start a page in your sketchbook when you don’t know what to draw, or feel unmotivated? (or both!)

68 min. video

See a drawing demo which provides several prompts for how to get your creative juices flowing.

Contrary to the sketchbooks you see on Instagram, real artist sketchbooks are a mess, full of scraps of ideas, crummy looking doodles and drawings, and are rarely finished.

Sketchbook Prompts, banner

Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon.

Video Walkthrough

  • Blind contours are an exercise where you draw with your eye.
  • Blind contour drawings are very unpredictable and super fun.
  • Partner up with someone else and draw blind contours of each other.
  • Engaging physically with the paper is useful for blind contours.
  • Consider what parts of the figure to emphasize to show personality.
  • Caran d’Ache crayons vs. Crayola.
  • Caran d’Ache crayons are very smooth and consistent.
  • Drawing with your non dominant hand, or with 2 hands.
  • Using Prof Lieu’s leftover mezzotint prints and photographs start a collage.
  • Playing with dramatic changes in Procreate, inverting the colors, etc.
  • Using digital media to create the appearance of traditional media.
Sketchbook Prompts: Collage


  • Prompt 1: Blind Contour Self-Portrait
  • Prompt 2: Collage an old artwork and make a new one.

Art Supplies

Services: Personal Art Curriculums gif
Patreon group gif

Software used

Artists Mentioned

As a free educational source, Art Prof uses Amazon affiliate links (found in this page) to help pay the bills. This means, Art Prof earns from qualifying purchases.