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How to Keep Sketchbooks by mewDoubled How to Keep Sketchbooks by mewDoubled
So... I tried to do some kind of tutorial or some kind of tips and techniques thingy on the purposes of different kinds of sketchbooks (that i at least have) and ways to make the pages inside of them more interesting;; LOL.... some people on tumblr asked if i could do a tutorial on something, but i kind of want to wait until my art is better so that i can actually do an actual drawing or coloring tutorial.. but for now i feel more safe with mini tips and tricks LOL.

A lot of these pictures were taken from my sketchbook that will accompany my portfolio that will be sent to calarts, scad, and sva,: mewdoubled.tumblr.com/post/547…

if you have any tips/advice you would like to give back to me i will be very grateful 8'D
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kiriIl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
i was looking at this because i'm applying to calarts for fall 2018, and i was thinking 'hey this is 4 years ago -- i wonder if the artist got in'. then i saw ur name on ur page, and i was like 'holy shit yeah she got in, she's michelle lam'. your stuff is always on the front page when i google accepted calarts porfolios, and i love the way you lay out your sketchbooks! i'm starting my official sketchbook super late, so i'm super nervous <':
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cynicalmordant Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Enteramente entretenido y educativo.
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TheMagnificentManiax Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Can I ask about Calarts???
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Pumais Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You...  are... wonderfull... being for taking effort and compile all that expertise!
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PlaidBlankets Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fabulous. 
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Ribbon-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've found this a very helpful tutorial, time and time again! Thank you so much for making it! :happybounce:

Hey, PteraDragon, I think you might find this useful too, since you're going into art school and all.
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PteraDragon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Oooh thank you this is extremely helpful!!
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Ribbon-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) anytime!
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doodleartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is very helpful thank you!!
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Ask-FemIndia Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2014
{{Thank you, for this! I recently got one of the nicer sketchbooks to start working on for my college portfolio, but I've been too scared to even make a mark in it! I wanted to make it look good and professional, and this gave me a lot of ideas and helpful hints! 

By the way, congrats on being accepted to CalArts! That's my dream school to go to, actually c: }}
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G3oM Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing =D
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ILoveThePanda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I've gotten a "professional" sketchbook that sucked so bad, I starts to write it in. Seriously. I would barely touch a line in graphite, it would smudge half the paper (I'm only being a little dramatic). I've gotten some "less professional one" (second column) as gifts, and they worked the best.

Just because you spend more on something doesn't mean it's necessarily better.
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mewDoubled Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I mean, like I said this is just my personal way of doing my own things, I'm just giving ideas for anyone who doesn't know where to start, but what works best for you works best for you.
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AnubinatorX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude O_O amazing!
I was doing it wrong all the time xD This is full of useful advices :D!
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lambfluffers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is extremely helpful. I'm not planning on going into art school, but I want my sketchbooks to look a little more professional, especially when I get older.
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FullMetal-Panic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm proud to say I have one of each of these
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FullMetal-Panic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist
But then do absolutely nothing in them
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NemoTheGoblin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
hilarious
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Maikekai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really nice! Thanks!
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lexycat23465 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, lets see, I really don't care about where an how I put my drawings, just as long I can find 'em. anyone who talks shit about em, I flip the bird. I get really lazy at coloring and don't really care unless im interested (or bored out of my fucking mind). so, since I don't really care I guess  am do whtever the fuck you want....YES!
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CharlieChandler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! I never thought of coloring in the negative space in my sketchbook before so it'll be something to try. thanks!
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26blackandwhite Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was great. :) Very helpful.
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libraxbunny Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist

For me my sketchbook has the outside appearance of 'Legit Shit', but I use it for 'Fun One/ Do whatever'.

 

I'm to hesitant to colour my traditional drawings do to the fear of messing it up o w o;;;;; (unless it's a mechanical pencil or a black pen.) 

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Ninjakid0104 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student
lol same XD
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Yobuko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
ugh now i gotta go buy new sketchbooks- all of mine are messy as hell oTLLL

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on the bright side, FINALLY someone did a tutorial on how to keep sketchbooks because for the life of me I had no idea where to begin~

Thank you so much for this! These tips are very useful! <3
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REALart2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMG now I can finally stop drawing really cool hands in the middle of a blank page! YUSSSSSSS! Happy Emote (updated version) 
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pyradragon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Some really helpful tips here. I find the whole decorating your page or filling negative space helpful. Your examples you shown are superb. I will work harder presenting my work, even if it's as lame as a stick man.
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RainyStars0051 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow this is actually really informational! Thanks a ton for taking the time to do this. How would you organize a portfolio for something like an art college? Just maybe show them your legit sketch book? Do you have any idea about colleges? I'm a junior this year and My consulors aren't much help in this area.
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mewDoubled Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
For organizing things in a sketchbook, just show that you're well rounded and can draw pretty much anything but in a way it still resembles who you are. I would like to go to Calarts, Scad, or Sva and I know calarts for sure needs a sketchbook. However, a sketchbook is just a portion of your actual portfolio
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Jolli-y Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this was the best motivational sketchbook thing that could have come for my eyes to admire So happy la-pacing So happy I haven't put much work into my sketchbooks but it's bout' time Ah DID!!
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DarkRedRibbon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013

Thank you very, very much, I've never been very motivated by having to draw in a sketch book, but thanks to you it looks like it could be very interesting ovo this is one of the most useful and helpful "tutorial" I've ever found \o/

So again, thank you o3o

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NAN-EE Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
So great to read! and thanks for taking the time to do this! very nice c:

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Errational Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do whatever the fuck I want on the Legit Shit.
YOU CAN'T STOP MEEEEEEEE--*freewheels into the distance*
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Demorach Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What can you use to do the block colours???
Your sketchbooks are amazing :D :D <3
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mewDoubled Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
you can use markers or colored pencils... any coloring medium really xD and thankss
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Demorach Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooookay XD Thanks! And you're welcome ~ Love your artwork as well ")
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Kl9cat Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i do keep a sketch book, its one of the nice books like the first colum, but i do whatever it want in it at the moment like a ,mix of colum 2-3. but its still realy nice to look at and forsure will help me in the future. :)
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Draw-till-Death Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The "Do whatever the @$#% you want" panel is funny as hell XD
Thanks for these tips :D
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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Akaji33 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Love this! I love how you not only present one kind of sketchbook that's okay to keep, but 3 different ways you think work. And also, the way you presented your information was clear, concise, and organized. Thanks for this!
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Dragonnym Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love it . 
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krios82 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thank you a lot, this is really useful.
I am sorry I have no tips or advice to give back, as I am only an amateur..
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ShyBlu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is actually so cool. I burn through a lot of sketchbooks, some of them nice, but I never really thought about presenting the pages in a nice way and just doodle everywhere. This is really awesome; might try it out *3 *
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DamnFancyZombie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much, I have to start applying for college come January and the Art college I want to apply for asks for some sort of work book to go along with my final piece portfolio from the end of school. This will really help me putting it together! <3 
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yankiidoodles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Wow, that's really interesting. There's a lot of things I didn't realize people do on here... Even in the expensive sketchbooks, I kind of just do what I want. Then again, I'm not really a character design student or anything. xD Anyway, I might try some of these techniques sometimes in a more expensive book. Thanks!
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CourierBell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thank you so much for making this! I'm really fortunate to have found it! I want to try and apply for various art schools. My work isn't as good as many artists and I may not get in, but at least I have a greater mental range of tools to work with. I also know I need to buy some legit shit A-S-A-FUCKING-P. 
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SHer-5 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Argh Arghaaagr I draw on anything I can grab 8I ..aaaaand thats mostly those school notebooks... yeesh ..*stares at steno pad*...So i'm not allowed to do this:    sher-5.deviantart.com/art/Evul…   On Cheap shit?
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mewDoubled Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
no, you can do anything you want on any kind of paper you want o 7 o there is no "not allowed to do this or that"
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SHer-5 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
WOO! lD
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ArtNote Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait, you actually fill a sketch book? I can't use one because I draw everywhere a little (most is junk|) and then leave it somewhere >.<
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