Skyrim mod adds Red Dead Redemption 2 sketchbook

One of the rather charming things about Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption 2 is his habit of drawing some of the places he’s been in his journal. Rather than just keeping a dry quest journal, Arthur writes his own story and adds drawings of some of the places he’s been and things he’s seen.

Now your character in Skyrim can do the same, at least when it comes to sketches. the Mod Adventurers Sketchbook for Skyrim Special Edition adds a nice new journal to the RPG. If you take it with you when you visit certain notable or scenic locations in Skyrim, a sketch of that location will be added to your journal. Oh, memories.

There are 66 possible sketches in all, and when you first open the diary you’ll notice that it’s not exactly empty. You can see just a shadow of future sketches, giving you clues as to where you should visit to complete them. Or you can just walk around and check your journal every once in a while to see what new pictures have been drawn.

There are three versions of the mod to choose from. Your motivation may be purely for exploring and enjoying the landscape, but if you want a tangible bonus to fill your book, you can also learn a skill called Lay of the Land, which will improve your movement speed or add a bonus critical hit.

“Finding 30 locations will get you the first stage of The Lay of the Land, which gives you +5% critical hit chance and -5% chance to be critically hit by enemies, or alternatively a bonus to 5% movement speed, depending on the main file you download,” says creator wtfModMan. “Successive stages can be unlocked at 50, 60, and 66 sketches completed; each step adds a 5% bonus.”

I took the book for a spin and found a spot just outside of Solitude to draw, so that’s a good place to start. The mod is easy to install: just dump the files in your Skyrim Special Edition data folder and activate the .esp file when you launch the game. After a restart, you will find the journal at the Guardian Stones near Riverwood, leaning against the Warrior Stone. And wouldn’t you know, it’s also the site of the first sketch you can add to your new journal. Have a good trip.