A sketchbook is a book, art pad, or tablet computer with blank pages or storage for sketching, frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of a creative process, or by fans to acquire and collect media from third parties, such as comic book artists.
Sketchbooks and furry
Many furry fans (and some furry artists) keep sketchbooks for trading, sharing, and selling (commission) anthro or furry sketches with artists who delve in the theme. This process normally occurs at conventions, but it can be done at furmeets or informal social gatherings. Some artists may also be willing to take sketchbooks home and mail them back upon completion, and it is typical for the custodian of the sketchbook to cover the cost of postage.
Compensation is usually the norm, be it for possibly consideration in the form of money, food, con lodging, or other goods or services. Free sketches may be also drawn as thanks, gifts, or trade.
Often, sketchbooks have a theme, to give the contributing artists some ideas for what to draw.
The Sketchbook Etiquette guide
During the mid/late 1990s, Richard Chandler wrote what was considered the staple of proper conduct regarding furry fandom and sketchbooks. Its use and reference has fallen in disuse, and the guide has not been updated since 2002.
- The Sketchbook Etiquette guide on alt.fan.furry (retrieved October 22, 2012)
- The Sketchbook Etiquette guide, last updated July 29, 2002 (retrieved October 22, 2012)
- The Sketchbook Etiquette official page (furry fandom)
- Con Etiquette: How to ask for a Sketch article at iFanboy (general fandoms)
- Comic-Con Etiquette: Getting Sketches from Artists at Conventions' article at Comics Bulletin (general fandoms)