My Sketchbooks

For years I was frightened and intimidated by sketchbooks. Even after artmaking became a regular part of my life I did not work in them. Eventually I overcame my hesitation and now sketchbooks are a big part of my creative life.

On my blog I often share my thoughts about keeping a sketchbook. You can find those posts here.

A Gouache Painting in My Sketchbook by Anne Butera of My Giant Strawberry
My Sketchbooks by Anne Butera of My Giant Strawberry
A Page from My Sketchbook by Anne Butera of My Giant Strawberry

Sketchbook Inspiration

Because of my own struggle with sketchbooks (and the fact that I eventually learned that they're not so scary), I want to share my enthusiasm for the medium and encourage you to embark on your own creative adventures. Below are three projects that I hope will inspire you!

Sketchbook Conversations

In 2016 on my blog I featured 14 mini-interviews with artists sharing their stories and their sketchbooks. In 2017 I picked up the conversation again.

My aim is to show that there is no right or wrong way to keep a sketchbook and give many examples to inspire your own sketchbook experimentation and play.

Getting Started with a Botanical Sketchbook

My first Skillshare class will help you get started with a botanical sketchbook, from choosing the sketchbook to finding inspiration to beginning to sketch this class will walk you through the process, encouraging you and and filling you with inspiration along the way.

You can see all my other Skillshare classes here.

2x2 Sketchbook -- a Collaboration with Dana Barbieri

This collaboration lasted for over a year. We shared our pages weekly on our blogs. In the spring of 2016 our sketchbook project was featured in Uppercase MagazineLearn more about the project and see all the pages here.