This is a great book on sketching for two reasons. First, it shows examples of sketchbook pages by artists using a variety of ways a sketchbook can be used. In the first few pages you'll find a page from a sketchbook page by Claude Monet that simplifies his work to an approachable and understandable level, illustrating how the artist thinks, the artist's intention, and a glimpse into what his work means to himself. This quite literally illustrates what a thumbnail drawing, a sketch, a study, or capturing information from a site is about.
Sketches and references to work by Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Edouard Manet, Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, and Rothko are also included.
Second, this book personalizes art and sketching for the artist. Art is often assumed to need to measure up to outside expectations, historically, in reference to contemporary culture, or any other point of reference. This 48 page journal explains how to make your journal your own, introduce new methods for your work, and optimism.