7 WAYS TO FILL A SKETCHBOOK | Sketch With Me – Gouache Speed Paint | “Electric”


Hi, guys welcome to my channel. My name is Alice I go by Hullo Alice here on YouTube and I make art videos. And today I wanted to talk to you guys about something that I’ve struggled with for ages, which is how on Earth to fill up an entire sketchbook. If you’re anything like me, you’ll buy a sketchbook and you’ll spend like three months being really intimidated by blank white pages Then you’ll finally draw something then you’ll spend the next about six months like tediously trying to draw something perfect on like every page and when you get maybe like a third of the way in You’re like “This is too much effort”, and you decide like you need a fresh start and like you’ve screwed up the sketchbook completely And that sketchbook it wasn’t ‘the one’ so you just buy a new sketchbook and then the entire cycle repeats itself and of course you can never go back and finish the previous sketchbook because that one’s old and it’s already been drawn in and it’s used and you can’t you can’t go back and use that one gosh you need a new one? Um so if you’re stuck in the cycle, what up, you are so not alone this is like one of my daily struggles as an artist and There’s there’s a lot of reasons. Why I struggle to fill up a Sketchbook I’m not like an instinctive sketcher. I don’t always want to sit down and sketch It’s not like my first thought of something to do and sometimes I’ll think about it, and then be like I’m going to sketch tonight, and then I never do (adorable laugh) Sometimes it’s just that my sketchbook and drawing supplies weren’t convenient to carry around with me And sometimes a lot of the time I just I really didn’t want to waste like a beautiful Sketchbook or really nice paper And so I was too afraid to actually do anything in it So I’ve been trying to fill up sketchbooks for years and, to date, I’ve managed to completely fill up a grand total of one Sketchbook Up until now, so I’m actually about to complete my second Sketchbook And it took me about a year and a half of consistent drawing, now That sounds like a really, really long time; but for reference, in the previous one that took me about five years And I bought and started multiple sketchbooks in between starting and finishing it But for this sketchbook this one was actually really different. I didn’t buy any new sketchbooks I kept working in it consistently, and I filled it up surely, slowly But surely and I’ve really enjoyed working in my sketchbook like I never have before And there’s a few things that I did that really helped me out with this So I wanted to share some tips with you guys; some tips and tricks that worked for me and helped change my attitude toward sketching. So the first thing is to get the right Sketchbook So this is really important; the right Sketchbook is going to vary for everyone But there’s a few things that you should consider before you get your sketchbook, so the first is size, so for me I’ve tried large sketchbooks I’ve tried Mini sketchbooks And I found that for me the best are like the mid-sized ones that are around 5.5 X 8″ They give me enough space to sketch, but they’re really easy to carry around in most my bags But if you always have a big bag with you, then a larger Sketchbook might be more convenient for you Just make sure that you pick a size that you can easily carry And then as well as size you need to think about quality and sturdiness So the paper is going to be a really huge part of this.
For me, I’ve always struggled because I would buy watercolor sketchbooks and the paper was so nice that I never wanted to waste it on anything But watercolors. Like I didn’t want to sketch or like doodle or write lists or anything? I don’t want to stick stuff in because I felt like anything other than finished watercolor illustrations were a waste I also tried like Moleskine Sketchbooks, but they were too Shiny to take watercolor well and the paper still felt so nice that I just felt like I was wasting it.
For me, I found my favorite paper in the Handbook Journal co. Travel Logs; but you need to find the paper that works best for you. And for me, I wanted something that was sturdy, had enough tooth to take a wide variety of mediums But wasn’t so fancy or nice that I felt like I was wasting it My Sketchbook is sturdy it’s well made, it has a pocket for carrying around stickers and other things that I might pick up, has an elastic strap and the Paper allows me to stick stuff in, working gouache, watercolor, ink, pencil, and pretty much any medium that I could want So the second tip that I have for you is to get the right attitude So your attitude is just as important as the sketchbook!
Every other sketchbook that I had before this one I couldn’t ever really let myself go. I always wanted it to be this like, perfect, beautiful sketchbook that I could show off to everyone And I felt like I couldn’t waste any paper I felt like anything other than perfection was… A waste And that’s such a bad attitude to have.
A sketchbook is for working in, it’s for practice and for Experimentation for sketches. It’s not for perfection. It’s not called a ‘perfection book’ So when I started this sketchbook, I decided that it was going to be more than a Sketchbook I would allow myself to use a sketchbook as a place for anything and everything; notes and lists, sketches, mementos Memories, it’s an art journal a scrapbook and a Sketchbook By taking off the pressure of having to fill the entire thing with beautiful artwork it made it so much easier for me to work in Just let yourself be messy So that kind of leads into my third tip, which is to make it more than a Sketchbook so I would encourage all of you to make your sketchbooks more than a Sketchbook. as I said mine’s an art journal and a scrapbook as well I collect things from where I go and I stick them in, so I have like stickers, Postcards, invitations, feathers, leaves, photos, all that kind of stuff I scrap book, I write quotes, and I let myself get messy, and this is really helpful for a few reasons First it makes your sketchbook a really inviting and happy place So you don’t look back and see all this old artwork that you don’t like, you look back And you see happy memories.
And secondly it fills the sketchbook up faster which is actually really helpful because it reduces pressure on you and Personally from experience, the bulkier that the sketchbook gets, the more you want to work in it because you’re like ‘Oh look I’m working in it, I’m seeing progress!’
Even if it’s just something that you’ve stuck in, so you’re more inclined to draw So it just makes it a lot less scary when it’s filled with things and bursting at the seams My fourth tip for filling up a sketchbook is to work out of order So, something that is so, so stressful is starting at page one. And you see a whole book filled with blank white pages that you’re Supposed to fill up. So don’t start at page one. Jump around; if you want to start in the middle start in the middle even if you start at the front I personally tend to draw on the right side of the page because it’s easier and I leave the left side blank Then I’ll go back and stick things on the left side of the page, or I’ll use it for sketches later So my sketch book isn’t in chronological order, and that’s ok. I date all my pages So I know when I drew the sketch And it allows me to work the whole Sketchbook at once and it really takes a lot of pressure off you My fifth tip is one that pretty much everyone’s gonna say, which is to carry it with you. You want to keep it with you at all times Whenever you possibly can, along with a very, very basic sketching kit at the very least And that’s why you want to make sure you find a sketchbook that’s a convenient size to carry around So when you’re bored, doodle and sketch in it, write notes in, it if you need paper later on you could draw on the note or decorate them Most sketchbooks also have like a pocket so you can store things in there, like stickers and postcards, and things that you want to stick in at a later date So it’s just really great to carry it around that way if you do want to sketch you have your sketchbook. My sixth tip is to work in more than one sitting. So you don’t have to finish every sketch on location, or even the same day that you started it I just went back recently, and ended up finishing a sketch from a year ago, I think? Maybe over a year ago. Sometimes I’ll kind of sketch in pencil And then I’ll paint in watercolor on it later to seal in that pencil. Sometimes you just get sick of working on something, Or you just don’t have the time and you want to move on so move on. You can always come back and jazz it up later. My seventh and last tip is to make mistakes It’s okay to make mistakes, And it’s really important that you allow yourself to make mistakes. If you get a sturdy sketchbook you can always paint over them. If you hate a page, paint it white and do something else on top. Stick a piece of paper over it and use it as a scrapbook page. And you’ve got loads and loads of options.
If you don’t like your artwork just get creative, cover it up turn it to something else Worst-Case scenario You can always stick something on top, so you don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes Because you know that that page isn’t going to go to waste, no matter what. So these are the tricks that I use to make a change in my sketching habits I’m still working on sketching more and more, but my sketchbook is now a pleasant place to work It’s not something stressful. Like I mentioned, the personal Sketchbook that I use, and that I found works for me is by Handbook Journal Company But what everyone needs and wants will be different, so find what works for you I really hope this video helped anyone struggling to fill out a sketchbook and give you some useful tips and ideas I also hope you guys liked seeing the little gouache painting in the background I did this with my new whole bean – whole by-nn…? gouache paints to test them out in my Sketchbook, obviously, and if you liked this video don’t forget to give it a thumbs up. It really does help me out, and don’t forget to join the Wonder Line fam and subscribe! Hit the notification bell to be notified every time I upload a new video, and yeah Thanks so much for watching and have a great rest of your day Bye Guys!

100 comments

  • Katarina. life

    OMG you posted this exactly a year ago!!!!

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  • Amelia Hoffman

    The mic puffsssssssss

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  • Jasmine Clifford

    Omg totally me

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  • jendeukie

    Is it just me or just does she sound like a mix of Regina George and Sharpay?

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  • Ronald Chan Ting Chuan

    HulloAlice: You don't have to finish a sketch on the same day as you started it.
    Me: Agreed

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  • Squaishy Kat1

    Any tips on what you should do if paint, sharpie, texta, etc. goes through the page? Love your art 💜

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  • Celin Sky

    THANK GOD…I’m so happy I found this vid

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  • Demeven Roleplays

    1:04 – 1:40 sooooo true to me

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  • plaguekids

    I kept smiling during this because I can relate to almost everything you said aAa
    this video helped a LOT, thank you so much!!

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  • Whiz

    This is my first time on your channel and it is really good, you're extremely talented.

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  • Amelia Braybrooke

    to be honest I feel like the only one who doesn't treat sketchbooks like they are sacred, I know I suck at art but I drawing whatever I want in mine with no fear of failure ruining the entire book (why would a failure ruin the book?). the first page of my current sketchbook is an unfinished attempt at drawing Allison argent, I just flip past that page and start on a new one. I might get back to it when I'm better at realism, but I won't lose any sleep if I never do.

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  • Danica Olson

    I have the struggle of having to many sketch books and half of them are thicker and a little bigger than the one in the video

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  • Sara

    i dont have a problem with filling sketchbooks up but if i see a prettier one , im gonna get it . or sometimes i hate the paper so much that i dont draw in it anymore

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  • PandaINAtux

    I have the same problem xD

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  • wow you read this comment !

    It took me 3 years to fill out a small sketchbook- I am almost done with it now???

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  • PandaINAtux

    I like the mid size skectbook to

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  • Iam Lavish

    Did she just say “waddup” ?

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  • Vanessa R

    I found your channel through this video a long time ago!

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  • llamathedragonslayer1 _

    When telling a story; *voice continuously gets higher and higher*

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  • Freezing Rain

    This painting is giving me slime rancher vibes

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  • Nobody

    i can fill a sjetchbook but first i need to learn how to draw

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  • malyee

    Your voice reminds me of hayley kiyoko

    Thats a good thing

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  • cartoon drawings

    Wow that art work is amazing thank you for the tips

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  • Braids N Arrows

    I fill up a sketchbook every 2 months and I just want ways to add some pretty cohesiveness and I always feel like its messy,

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  • Grace Barton

    Or you could just buy a cheap sketchbook like I did for €1 and didn’t really care if I ruined it because I could just buy another one

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  • GrayishEyes

    I have a sketchbook for sketching and one for finished pieces.

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  • Olivia Prychidny

    This is why I do stuff in pencil first so I can erase it instead of ripping pages.👍🏼👍🏼

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  • omg what

    Worst moment ever that happens to me all the time.
    I got all my papers, my sketchbook, new pencils, new eraser, new everything and I'm ready to draw. But then I think
    "What should I actually draw?"
    I HATE THIS SO MUCH
    😂😂😂

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  • Anthony’s Mind

    Why do you talk like thiiiiiisssssssss

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  • Adelle and Rissah Manghinang

    how do you make skin color with primary colors

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  • Clare

    👍

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  • LPSJade

    I’m a perfectionist so I can’t stand drawing out of order….

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  • Tamyha Johnson

    I needed one to do step by step not paint but that's ok

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  • Purple Girl Vlogs

    This helped me sooooooo much thanks btw your voice is so calming it’s kind of weird

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  • trsshgain

    I would draw a picture on the sketchbook and then a day later, I would rip the paper out bc it is so ugly.

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  • ᴡɪɴᴛᴇʀʙᴇᴀʀ 0950

    My drawing is ugly

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  • Lil Gibbons

    I just got a brand new sketchbook and have know idea what to do in it this was really helpful

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  • Cactus Girl

    I love sketchbooks soon as i get them i start drawing! I well fill them very quickly the fastest i ever finished a sketch book is in like 13 days or 14

    I dont relate to this video ,but the struggle is real for alot of people and your art is super amazing😍

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  • A e s t h e t i c S u g a r

    I finished my sketchbook and now I’m on to my second

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  • E sosa

    I'm kind of neurotic so I HAVE to fill up my old sketchbook before starting a new one

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  • Joyce Newton

    Thank you sooo fun fresh yea
    Love your painting

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  • Paddy Elle

    This was a really cool video buy I seriously can't relate. In my opinion a sketch book doesn't have to be perfect, I think the flaws improve a sketch book. I think they should show your art journey and mistakes really show how you improve. I draw and doodle constantly in my sketch books and in like one year I've completed like… four sketch books😂 I really don't see how it's so hard.

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  • Connor _

    I broke out of that cycle in my first stages of drawing when I started playing video games when I was 7. I remember I'd have seperate sketch books and in each of them it'd have a different theme fom a different game I'd played like The Last Of Us, fnaf, and lbp, etc. In my latest sketch books I've been drawing oc's and some Detroit Bcome Human and im almost done with my oc sketch book that I started in September.

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  • DemonLordChaos

    every artist should be comfortable with ballpoint pens, they're so frustrating and ink efficient that you can say goodbye to your unrealistic perfectionism. also you can just force yourself to draw as bad as you can. this guarantees every next art is better than the last.

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  • DemonLordChaos

    HOLD UP, WATERCOLOR OVER PENCIL?! but doesnt water based paint peel off wax and oil??

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  • DemonLordChaos

    worst case scenario, you can use your pages you don't like to practice filling full page with black ink, and we all know how much black ink artists hoard.

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  • CeceCat07

    Alice can draw:anything
    I can draw:a stick man

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  • Delta the Comic

    The first sketchbook I filled up was one I finished in June, then I got a new one and abandoned that new one in mid-August because it was a very bad quality spiral and it kept falling the part. I tried for a bound sketchbook so History wouldn't repeat itself with the bad spiral and I spent at least a day decorating it before I actually drew in it, and that one turned out to have staggeringly horrible paper quality, like the kind of paper where it's thin and breaks apart when you erase and the binding was falling apart because I got it on clearance and I was really upset and abandoned that one after a few months, just a few days ago. I just today got a new one so I'm watching this video to try and figure out how to fill up a sketchbook without ditching it right away because this one was expensive and boasted that it would last for a long time so I decided to take a chance.
    It would drive me absolutely insane to not go in order of pages or to leave an unfinished sketch for a YEAR without finishing it lol.

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  • Rxrendesic

    i watched this video a couple months ago. im back to learn again

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  • AK B

    This is so pretty! One day I’ll be making art like this. Great job!

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  • ItzAmie

    Do you use water color paper ? Xx loveeedd the video thanks so much, really helped me out

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  • Crystal_ PlayzYT

    Your not alone…….

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  • Grapieuwu c:

    I have 19 filled sketchbooks from the last 3 years, and I still feel like I'm not trying and that I'm a shitty artist :"D Great tips though!

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  • ApLuG 05

    Ok so , ive been drawing all my life (im 14) the thing is that when i draw with acrylic guache i get scared to go into detail because ill mess something up . Things such as hair highlights or eye details scare me . I know i can go over but even if i can fix the mistake i made ill get discouraged .

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  • Lil Naxz

    Why was this so rushed 😸

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  • Rosey Cipher

    It's not Called a perfection Book

    Preach

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  • Violet

    the cycle you described is scarily accurate

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  • Ticci Toby

    I fill sketchbooks in maybe 2-3 months

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  • I am an army in a trench thinking of Ryan Ross

    LISTEN UP ALL ARTISTS. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS ITS A VERY HELPFUL TIP.
    Isn't it Wonderful when you see a good sketchbook on sale? Of course it is, Its a dream come true. But wait, you already have three other uncompleted sketchbooks at home. But this one is so pretty and you want it, no…you need it. So you get the sketchbook and go home. Your other sketchbooks are glaring at you. What do you do.
    Here's what I do: I go home and put the sketchbook in a place in my room I never go to (aka the bottom of my desk) I then finish a sketchbook and work in the other one that is also incomplete to the point where it's at least halfway finished. At this point it's like 1-7 months after I bought the one on sale and put the other one out. I pull the new one out and start drawing it. Later I find another good sketchbook on sale and the process basically continues. if you see what I mean.

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  • Lily Draw'z

    Usually I find an old sketch book with old drawings because whenever I used to drawvin them i'd skip ALOTVof oages and skip the pages with marker that bled through. So I look for clean pages and just start drawing xD

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  • Alison Hufnagle

    I've never related more. Thank you for the tips. I'll keep them in mind!

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  • Mcr gamer Blogs

    I rip pages out

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  • Angela Grant

    Im a furry

    Edited: OwO

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  • Bambles 420

    1:00 to 1:35 I finishes sketchbooks and if I don’t like The drawing I’ll use it as a doodle/practice page. Or if I hate it, like REALLY hate it, then I’ll rip it out. Get comfortable with your sketch books and you don’t have to show people, they are sketch books not applications to colleges. Decorate the front customize it have fun with it. Write down ideas and draw them

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  • Jessie Marie

    Is it really important to fill a sketch book???? I mean, you're just sketching

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  • Koala Lover123

    Another way to fill a sketch book is kinda like scrap booking you get pictures of you or any thing you want and you could write about that picture or write something in you imagination or memory's so that you can read it in the future 😊

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  • Leianne Williamson

    Hello Alice, my new friend…I'm here for inspiration again…

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  • Delaney Mcclanahan

    Oh my goodness no, I remember her being British, what the heck?

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  • Julia Blackwell

    This is super cutee

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  • Ainah Disimban

    i really skip the first page. im afraid of it, feeling like it should be the perfect page so i skip to the middle and leave the few first pages forever blank lol

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  • Addison Howell

    “Anathing”

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  • Music4Life

    i love your painting

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  • Pinkative

    This really helped!! Thanks💝

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  • Natalie Davis

    I started filling up sketchbooks really young, at 11, and I don't have this problem to much because of it. The only place I ever drew was my sketchbook, seeing as I had no other nice paper, and my sketchbooks filled up pretty fast. I started filling them up before I got "Fear of the blank page" and became a perfectionist so I never got scared of sketchbooks like that. I dunno, maybe I'm weird.

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  • In Love With A Were

    Some time after I started my first sketchbook, I found a video on yt with tips for sketchbooks and one of them was “Make your sketchbook messy and make as many mistakes as possible! Because the more you draw and make mistakes, the more you practice and learn!” and I immediately started to let go of that feeling of “I have to only have perfect polished pieces of art”. Exactly today I finished my second sketchbook and like a week ago, my hand started to loosen up a lot and my drawings were more sketchy and loose but it also felt liberating. I don’t know what made me draw like this, all I know is that I suddenly started to care even less and started to use more colors. I’m gonna miss my sketchbook, but I’m also very exited to start a new one! :))

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  • Kara The Pengu

    Ok. This is now my favorite channel. I love the ambient sounds in the background because I was angry before I watched this and now I'm so relaxed. Your voice is so calming but not monotone. I just wanted to say I love your channel!

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  • Hello hello Hello

    My biggest fear is making something beautiful and regretting it because it could be on watercolor paper

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  • Angel Michaela Tudtud

    I actually don't know how to draw i just follow details

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  • DEAD ACCOUNT

    Just fill i till it’s full :p

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  • Tationa jones

    I just came across your video and would have to say that both the painting and your tips inspire me. I use to sketch here and there and it was a activity that I loved but due to perfectionism i put my illustrating on a very long hiatus. I finally brought myself the courage to sketch again and your video along with your beautiful piece gave me the push I needed to become a great artist ❤

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  • orion chan

    By drawing?

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  • sOn flower

    Most art channels o could care less when they talk I mean yeah a few good vids but this chick talks about the best topics in art . She literally talks about exactly what I think and never found that in a channel not this often. I feel ya about the watercolor I'm afraid to waste on anything but water colors

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  • Diane O

    I can add one more tip: Since your sketchbook is for your eyes only, hide it away after you're finished sketching. I found out that my husband was looking through mine and I don't need any judgement for these personal, experimental pages which can be inhibiting. So they now get tucked away out of sight.

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  • Super swag Sims

    00:12 The struggle of lighting a candle.

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  • Natalie Draws

    I’ll plain to sketch at night and then I never do it but when I actually do draw it makes me happy

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  • lucy waltz

    Yep the accent

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  • Hush Bby

    i finish my sketchbooks in like 3 months am i doing something wrong?

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  • Louisa Carlsson

    This was so satisfaying to look at. I love the music in the background.

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  • Jennifer Joy

    Best tip to fill your sketchbook and get better at art:

    Draw everyday for 5 minutes (or longer if you feel like it, but at least 5 everyday) and you’ll fill it and even get better.

    You’re welcome

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  • Jennifer Joy

    Super pretty painting!

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  • nerdynise07

    Omg I can relate to you n filling up sketch books I feel I'm a over thinker of what to draw

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  • La'Niyah Barrett

    My sketchbooks don't have pockets. They are big. One for Art I and one for Crafts and, I'm in middle school.

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  • Roland Ijejeme

    i love the drawing

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  • bluegreensubmarine

    Apparently I used too much gouache 🤔. I used it like acrylic 😔

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  • Dragon girl

    I know I'm weird but whenever I draw a few pages in my sketch pad, I get bored easily and I end up starting a new one.

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  • jeepers

    I want to take my sketchbook to school so I can sketch on the bus because there’s usually a lot of traffic and I’m bored, but if I leave my bag alone at school, people look through it

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  • Pastel-Donat

    omg ur just like me😥

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  • Kiara G.

    I just draw for pleasure. I don't need it to be perfect

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  • Im 2tired

    My god the way you talk is fucking annoying

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  • Mitsubishi F-2

    Don't call me Shirley!

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