Every sketchbook should be experimental spaces where things overlap, failures are welcome, and tools are tested. I’ve noticed younger artists (and I did this too) draw one, usually incomplete, image on a page then move on. As if it was an attempt at a masterpiece that failed and they moved on. Freedom and growth happen when the paper ceases to be sacred.
When you pick up a new pen, write what pen it is. The brand, the size, etc. Makes notes as to how it reacts to the paper. Does rougher paper destroy the nib? Does it bleed? Write notes to your future self. Do this in every fresh sketchbook, especially if you switch between smooth paper and paper that has more “tooth.”
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