One of the best tools for creating successful art pieces is to use your sketchbook as a preliminary planning stage. Here is an opportunity for you to be developing, refining and gaining confidence in the image you are putting together. Why not make your sketchbook a “no pressure zone”?
I was fortunate to learn this technique from my first drawing teacher. I was given an assignment to practice drawing multiple images of my German Shepherd. I recognized spending time in the sketchbook before working on “good” paper provides multiple benefits. You can do a rough sketch to play around with your subject seeing what it looks like. You can shift and change this while you are developing the image. You can refine the composition and gain confidence that the image will be successful.
My sketchbook is the “no pressure zone” for playing around and getting a good look at my ideas before moving forward. This preliminary sketchbook time provides me with time for practicing my drawing skills without erasing, loosing the critical self and easily turning the page to move in a successful direction with my images. This preliminary sketchbook page gave me a feel for what the image would look like. You will notice some changes were made on the final watercolor image.