I find keeping a sketchbook is a valuable habit that assist me with my artistic abilities. Like many things practicing one’s art is one of the cornerstones to becoming a great artist. For me it is key to remind myself that it is only a sketchbook, a place where I can make rough sketches, practice my shading or any other aspect of drawing, without worrying about the outcome. With this attitude I try to do at least one little sketch every night – no matter how silly my subject – and it is definitely paying off.
I try to remember to take my sketchbook with me whenever I go out, but truth be told I usually forget to do that. Fortunately there is always something to be sketched in my immediate vicinity, even if it is only a mug of tea!