What do you do with the pages that are just covered in unused paint? Sketch on them! I cleaned my palette one day which means I've got a bunch of pages perfect for colourless sketching. I'm digging the ballpoint pen the most because of the wide variety of line weight. UNFORTUNATELY, they don't work so great on certain sections of paint (boo).
I found a slow motion video of a lynx leaping across a river, and kept pressing pause during different poses... and sketched it! Now I can get used to how this animal's body moves, in case one day I decide to paint it. This is a quick thing I did between breakfast and leaving for the day (while the spouse takes his time with tea). It's perfect for when you don't have a lot of time to play, but you want that time to be quality improvement time.
If I was doing that unpleasant sounding 600 page/month sketchbook challenge, this is probably much of what I would do with it. I think you could learn SO much about how the world works by recording how it moves.
Not interested in Lynxes? How about:
Two people dancing
A dragonfly hovering
Somebody falling over
Ladybug taking off
storm clouds on a windy day
raindrops hitting the pavement
If you sketch enough steps, you can make an animation flipbook! What would you do?
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?