January 7, 2016

Sketching Your Way Through 2016!

by Sonaksha Iyengar

Thanks to Behance and Instagram, jumping into your favourite artist’s sketchbook isn’t a dream anymore. Since it’s that time of the year to open a blank page and fill it with mindless squiggles or even carefully planned lines, we decided to put together some of the most inspiring sketchbooks for those who aspire to be a part of Sketchnotes 2016…or just for fun! They’ve got the cauldrons in our head brewing with ideas for the New Year and we’re hoping you’ll join in!

Lokesh Padmashali

He started doodling on the walls of his house and slowly moved to sketching with 2B pencils on paper. Lokesh’s experimental Instagram project combines minimal strokes with an occasional pop of colour using the mobile phone as a canvas and the stylus as a pencil. You’ll also find his adventures with collages amidst the insta-portraits.

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View Lokesh’s sketchbook here.

Sajid Wajid Shaikh

Sajid, whom we have also featured before, decided to pull out his sketchbooks when he began losing numerous post-it notes he drew on. He draws everyday and oscillates between characters on grids that have a pop-art feel to them and surreal creatures that stay with you long after you’ve flipped the page. Did we mention? He’s planning to turn these daily sketches into a book!





View Sajid’s sketchbook here.

Jasjyot Singh Hans

One of our favourite graphic novelists, the superb Jasjyot Singh Hans’s sketchbook is unputdownable. Carrying his sketchbook everywhere, Jasjyot’s sketches usually start as a state of mind or a simple visual idea. With the brush pen as a favourite tool, his sketches of women weave stories of rebellion, fashion, beauty and body image together with admirable attention to detail.





View Jasjyot’s sketchbook here.

Pranita Kocharekar

What started as a 100 day project turned into a year-round activity for sketching. Pranita’s love for everyday observations and little moments combined with her colourful illustrations are evident in #pranitasdrawingaday. They are messengers of positivity and useful reminders to stay motivated!





View Pranita’s sketchbook here.


Sahil Mehta

Trying to do a sketch a day since March 2015, Sahil sketches observations while watching them evolve as they are drawn on paper. Experimenting with a different medium in each of his sketchbooks, from photo inks to fluorescent highlighters, his work is a combination of surreal characters, while occasionally maneuvering dark humour.




View Sahil’s sketchbook here.


Pratap Chalke

Pratap documents his daily life with portraits that act as an expression of his reaction to situations. The characters he sketches range from bearded men to curly haired women strung together by sharp brush pen strokes. He conveys human emotions with significant awareness that is truly commendable.


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View his Pratap’s sketchbook here.

Jit Chowdhury

You’ll find Jit scribbling in his sketchbook all day long, noting down conversations and writing stories that act as inspiration for his sketches. Ranging from political comments to everyday stories, his sketchbook often uses satire to weave a compelling narrative. And yes, he was one of Top Sketchnotes from 2014.





View Jit’s sketchbook here.

Nayna Yadav

Sketching everyday is like a compulsion for Nayna who uses it as a way to navigate through conversations and preserve details that are otherwise lost. Constantly striving to bring honesty to her work, her love for lines and colour are visible in her daily doodles that capture places accurately.






View Nayna’s sketchbook here.

It’s time to finally take up a challenge and doodle in those empty books you’ve been stacking up forever, right? Bring it on!

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