Sketchbook Prompts 1

How do you start a page in your sketchbook when you don’t know what to draw, or feel unmotivated? (or both!) 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. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Cat Huang.

Video Walkthrough

  • Prompt 1: Draw vertical lines, using marks as diverse as possible. Switch to horizontal lines
  • Prompt 2: Draw what is right in front of you
  • Prompt 3: Draw from our free reference photo collection on Flickr
  • Prompt 4: Draw from an art book, or any book with visuals

Some links on this page are Amazon affiliate links that Art Prof earns from qualifying purchases. These earnings help support Art Prof.