Lefty sketchbook hack.
I’ve mentioned in my introduction post, that I had a bad accident 2 years ago, that has forced me to become a lefty. I’ve really struggled with sketchbooks, as I love traditional media. Digital has been much smoother, as I just moved my procreate bars to be suited to left hand work. Finding a good sketchbook though…ugh. I don’t like coils to be on the top of the page, I find that the pages have too much movement and end up all getting smudged out. I totally prefer a left side bound book, but this is a new challenge that I’m faced with that I can’t stand the coils under my hand.
I have found an awesome solution!
I bought an ARC custom notebook, an Arc punch, and a big pack of printer cardstock ( I’ve always preferred heavier paper in my sketchbooks, and Bristol sketchbooks come with so few pages). I punched a huge stack of paper, and even punched some lined for note taking, and some graph for those floor plan situations. Arc also has prepunched dividers, so I can rearrange my pages if I wanted to categorize my artwork.
I love that I can draw on a flat surface, and then pop it back into my sketchbook. And it looks way more professional than a 3 ring binder.
So, if you’re a lefty looking for the ultimate sketchbook, or you just want to combine different papers into one sketchbook…. Check staples for the arc system or similar concept systems.
stayhomejoe last edited by
@angelinakizz good choice. These are one of the best. I didn’t know they still sold them.nice drawings as well,
Thanks a bunch joe! There’s lots of options for brands in Canada, there’s off brand rings, there’s happy planner rings, there’s the arc rings… I think as long as you find a punch and rings you’re good to go. I even made my kiddo a sketchbook with small rings and heavy cardstock for the covers. She’s constantly ripping paper out of her sketchbooks to cut, where I want to keep the beautiful drawing in books for her to see in the future. It’s a win win. She can tear out and I can put back hahaha.
jenn last edited by
@stayhomejoe I remember them from a long time ago too - I think they just came back recently. When I was holiday shopping I saw a whole new section in our local chain crafts store (Michaels) devoted to these notebooks.
Miriam last edited by Miriam
For "Lefties": If you usually draw on only one side of the page in sketchbooks, you could also just skip the 1st "page" & draw on the backside, then continue drawing on the left-side page throughout the notebook.
Miriam last edited by
I think I've seen one of these notebook systems that doesn't even use punched pages, it just clamps down on them. (I haven't tried them, though.)
Just searched for it: they're called Punchless Binders, Clamp Binders, or Springback Binders.
@miriam the only thing I don’t enjoy about clamp binders is that you have to bend the page to turn them.
Miriam last edited by
@angelinakizz Oh yeah, I didn't think about that.