January 23, 2012

Sketchbook Week (day 1)


Welcome to sketchbook week! I thought it would be a fun idea to have a week of blogging about sketchbooks. I have saved all of my sketchbooks since high school, while some are pretty embarrassing and awful, it's fun to see how far I've come and how my style has evolved. 

Types of sketchbooks: I can't help it, but I love Moleskine sketchbooks. I love all the sizes they come in, the paper quality, and the different type of books they carry. I have tried Field Notes, Muji, and MiquelRius, but I always end up coming back to Moleskine. 

How often: I always carry a sketchbook with me. The pocket Moleskines fit in my purse and are perfect for doodling at coffee shops, writing down notes when inspiration comes, sketching something you see while your out walking and easy to scan in once you get home. I also have larger books for keep thumbnails for client projects, but those mainly stay in the studio. 

Drawing tools: I have one pencil that I use for drawing and sketching - 0.5mm draft/matic. I have probably had this very same pencil for the past 4 years. 

What good are sketchbooks?: I love having a history of my illustration career. I get to see how my little drawing world has come to be, what inspires me, and what I like to draw. It's nice to be able to go through them and bring back to life old ideas that I never used. Some are filled with daily lists, directions to a museum, and names of artists that I like. And some end up being pretty useless. However, I think they are a good way to bind all of your thoughts, ideas and inspirations. And what a better system to have documentation of all your hard work? 

Inspiring books:

Books to get you sketching:

Blog about sketchbooks: (really there is only 1 good one...)

Courses I found on-line (I have not taken these):
Visual Journaling (Pikaland Artist Bootcamp)

What is your favorite sketchbook brand? What books do you recommend? Do you have images of your sketchbook to share? I'd love to see! I hope you enjoy my sketchbook week!


  1. You have the best ideas :) I cant wait to see your sketches.

    I recently started with visual journaling. I have one pile of books on the topic and it seems everyone has a different approach. I bough Moleskine because it is often said that they are robust and last longer than other brands.

    I like sketching but also I enjoy now mixing techniques. Making my own stamps, splattering watercolor, acrylics and gouache on the sketchbook.

  2. Sabina - you are way too sweet! thank you! i absolutely love your website and all the logos you have done! :) so inspiring and so cute!

  3. I still have a small sketchbook that you did! On the cover is a girl's smiling face, and on the back is the back of her head with her flowing braids.

    I treasure it! I can't bring myself to write in it though, it's too perfect as it is and I don't want to mess it up :)

  4. Denise, can you give me your email adress? I would like to ask you something about a logo.
    I use to love sketching too :)

  5. shirley - oh it's so nice to hear from you! :) i can't believe you still have that sketchbook! i hope you are doing well!

  6. Interesting idea! You have so many sketchbooks, that's great! It's really very interesting to look through them and to see the progress and how preferences or style of drawing change.
    And thank you for the list of books. I'll check it) Need some inspiration)