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Keeping a Sketchbook by Pam Locker

Using a series of professional and student examples, this film explores how sketchbooks can become a personal ‘visual conversation’ that can become a valuable tool in understanding how the world is made.

The analytical nature of drawing means that by sketching regularly, we can begin to build up a visual memory to use as a resource for designing from the imagination. You should read the two accompanying hand outs below and may find it helpful to stick the list of ‘10 Steps’ in the front of your sketchbook as a reminder.

Equipment and Materials:

  • A sketchbook of your choice – A5 (or smaller) fits neatly into a pocket or bag
  • Paper with enough ‘key’ to take pencil when necessary
  • A hard cover for leaning on
  • A variety of drawing media, although a sharp 2B pencil is a good place to start
  • Some designers use different media for different subjects/projects/sketchbooks
  • Plastic rubber
  • Glue stick – for sticking in interesting ‘finds’
  • Sensible shoes!

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  1. Yolanda says

    Great review of how sketch books are used. I’m still looking for my perfect size.

  2. glori alsop says

    what are you saying when the time is on 11:00
    ‘he’s revisited it, with what looks like a ________ which helps to bring things forward.
    birol? byrow? buyrow?
    what is it and is it a type of marker or pencil?
    I’m going to talk to my advanced placement students about their sketchbooks.


  3. Pam Locker says

    Thank you for this feedback. We will explore the possiblitiy of writng transcript for your students to help clarify the language…

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