Most artists have sketchbooks, and I’m no exception to the rule. Sketchbooks are an incredible tool to keep track of ideas, sketch projects and just plain random doodling (creativity knows no boundaries!).
I’ve tried all sorts of sketchbooks, from hand bounded journals to the expensive Moleskine types and personally I’ve found one that I REALLY like:
The A4 Sketch Pad from Create.
I’ve bought one for the first time a couple of years ago because it was cheap (around €5), it offered plenty of pages (100 sheets) and they have a nice thickness (100gsm). It was love at first scribble! The A4 size is perfect for me, even to carry it around in my handbag; although some people would prefer a smaller format.
Another thing I really like about it, is that the pages are perforated on the top, allowing the pages to come off. So I can take a few pages away if I want to without ruining the whole thing. The spiral isn’t the easiest to scan stuff from, but I don’t find it to be too much of a problem.
I usually sketch using an automatic pencil but the paper is great to take other mediums like pen, charcoal, pastel and crayon (talk about versatility!)
If you’re based in Ireland you usually can find it at Easons (although lately I haven’t seen any), and also online.
How about you? What’s your favourite sketchbook? What size and type of paper do you like to work with? Please share in the comments below!