Some useful advice for visual artists on keeping a daily sketchbook

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The Sketchbook Problem


Image: Adam Westbrook

A good idea feels nebulous at first.

A good idea feels like a visitation.

Ideas…





I took out a pencil and some paper and drew a straight horizontal line, like this:

Then above the line, I wrote these words:


Image: Adam Westbrook
  1. The first ever screenplay was a list. Film, video, TV and comics are all sequential art: images arranged in a specific order across time or space. Superior to all the other decisions a storyteller makes is the sequencing of the images.
  2. Show one thing at a time. Image sequences are similar to sentences in that you can only say one word at a time. Beginners struggle because they don’t realise they are presenting too much information at once.
  3. Clarity first. The priority with every image is precision. Can your…

Adam Westbrook

Video artist working at The New York Times. I write a weekly newsletter about visual storytelling and creativity. https://adamwestbrook.substack.com/

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