Favorite Sketchbooks and Why... Go!
eddysage last edited by
I use moleskine 90lb watercolor paper sketchbooks. Hard cover so I can sketch in my lap if needs be, thick enough paper to do a wash or two, decent price you can easily get off amazon and a bunch of different sizes.
Christine Garner last edited by
I just use loose paper for sketches so I can scan them in easy and then if I want to keep them stick them in a big A3 ring binder sketchbook. I keep a little A5 sketchbook for a sketch note diary as well.
Buddy Skelton last edited by
Strathmore toned tan and toned grey. Nice texture to the paper and since they are toned it allows you add white pencil/pen to make stuff pop.
@StudioLooong I do a mix of pencil, ink, copics mostly, but wouldn't mind something that was able to nicely accept watercolors, too. Is there such an animal?
nyrrylcadiz last edited by
I don’t use sketch books. I just buy cheap printer paper and glue them together into this crappy “sketchbook” but still don’t use it. Lol i do a lot of drawings on random paper and my ipad tho.
StudioLooong last edited by
@jasondmcintosh haha i'm not completely sure! This brand is supposed to be really nice and be relatively good at accepting inks and paints w/o bleeding (although I think alchohol markers get the best of em):
I really want to try it out when i'm done with my current sketchbook. I told myself that I'm only going to work in one at a time and stop hoarding 1/4 finished ones. I'm currently using a Baron Fig and I love the quality of the book but the paper is too thin so its good for pencil but ink bleeds through and any sort of wet medium is a no-go. Another one i've heard good things about is Handbook (although I think most of theirs are smaller sizes).
krisblack last edited by
I always like the hardback Moleskines, but hated the yellow paper. Even their sketchbooks with the thicker sheets had yellow paper.
Years ago I switched to Leuchtturm1917 sketchbooks. At the time, they were incredibly hard to find in the U.S. so I ordered them from Amazon's German site. Fortunately, you can find them easier on Amazon.com now and they have a U.S. store too.
Their sketchbooks have nice, thick, white pages. They also produce some yellow page variants like Moleskines. Ruled and Dot Grid books. They come in various colored hardbacks.
@StudioLooong Thanks so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to give input!
@Buddy-Skelton I've been dying to try toned papers, but I'm still working on the basics...I'm going to try them one day, though! Thanks!
@krisblack And now...I'm drooling!
Braden Hallett last edited by
@jasondmcintosh Nice work! Since I got my ipad I've actually been sketching less and less, so I'm going back to a good ol fashioned pen and paper sketchbook.
I dug out my old one (and the set of brush pens which have been sitting unused for like... 6 years... which still work!) and filled it with new paper.
Instead of buying a new book once in a while I made myself an art clipboard sketchbook! a ruined dollarstore clipboard, hockey tape, mod podge and a couple of artist boards makes an awesome personalized sketchpad.
I can fill it with printer paper, bristol, watercolour, whatever I want. Once it's filled I three hole punch it and stick it in a binder (or just a file folder). If I wanna scan something, I can take it out easy peasy.
@eddysage Thanks for the suggestion! I may just try them.
@Braden-Hallett Thanks, Braden. Loving the MacGyver-esque approach! And I have really enjoyed watching you church out all of your great artwork. Very inspiring to see!
Sorcha last edited by
I use Seawhite, hardback bound A4. It lays fairly flat if you squash the pages out and I keep Scotch tape so if I need a heavy paper or toned paper (I keep aquarelle, marker paper and Canson toned around for that), I can attach a sheet inside my sketchbook. I also keep an A5 for field sketching and an A6 that lives in my bag all the time. They are less used but hoping to use them more as I gain confidence. As I gain more experience, I may change my mind but as a beginner, this system suits me fine at the moment. I also keep a couple of A3 watercolour and sketchbooks around for those times I want bigger sheets.
Like you, being here on the Forums has meant I'm sketching a lot more. I can't wait to start my subscription (two weeks and counting!)