My sketchbook saved my life

Adam Westbrook
5 min readMar 11, 2024

At the beginning of 2020, I had just one creative goal: fill sketchbooks. Instead of setting a big one-off ambition, I wanted to try setting a habitual goal instead: a small daily action that, perhaps, might compound.

Twelve months later, this was the result!

A photograph of five Moleskine sketchbooks filled with sketches.

Visual artists working in all mediums ought to keep a sketchbook, I think.

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Adam Westbrook

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