I have a question and I'm hoping for a semi quick response from people if possible. Just because I want to go buy the stuff in like an hour or two lol.
I had a sketchbook in my car, my favourite one, and my boyfriend left oranges back there. Now, I wasn't aware of this until they started smelling. The juices had leaked through and destroyed my sketchbook and the works within.
Now I need a new one and I was wondering if perhaps there was a specific sketchbook, brand or type of paper that was best for work with graphite pencils. I've always used canon universal pads before, which are a pretty fine paper as far as I know, but I've heard others say there might be something better. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it.
is what I have now if you need a reference.
Buy a few, see what you like. Use the ones you bought and buy more of your favourite.
Buy whatever you like, on the basis of size, weight, and paper quality.
I'd suggest avoiding the spiral-bound sketchbooks; while they are a bit more comfortable (you can fold them back), they have enough wobble to smear the sketches within. Unless you plan to carry a can of fixative with you, stick to hardcover sketchbooks.
An alternate route is simply buying a small 3-ring binder and filling it with paper of your choice.
If you draw like me buy as cheap as you can. hehehehe!! Over here a Moleskine for instance is a little more expensive due to exchange rates etc. I'd be to scared to draw anything in there but if you intend to turn your scetchbooks into artworks in it's own right then I'd say they seem to have the vibe. Turn the whole thing into one big personal statement.
Scetchbook: View the exhibitionist's stuff.
Fraser McT - I actually went to the local art store. It's full of professional grade stuff and I usually have a hard time leaving without buying more than I should. But they let me try out a few pages of each type of sketchbook and I ended up buying two. One pocket sized and one 11x 14.
arenhaus - I actually prefer the spiral bounds for the exact reason you said - I can bend it over and it's more comfortable. It's also a lot easier to get the papers out if I want to use fixative and put them in like a portfolio or the like. But you're right, it does tend to wobble so I may have to carry some fixative with me hehe.
But thank you so much!
zaorr - the moleskins always kept me away despite how much I wanted one for the sheer price. But luckily I have a boyfriend who pays attention when I go to stores and he noticed me in the art store picking them up, putting it back and then they have them in the local book store too and doing the same thing. He came home with one as a suprise. And I do actually think they are worth the money. The way the spine is set you can bend it far enough back it's not uncomfortable and they do fit in purses or pockets so it's so convenient. I've been using it for writing/drawing purposes and I love it.
But as for regular sketches, I am sticking with a spiral bound sketchbook, it's fairly cheap but it does what I wanted this sketchbook for. So I'm happy.
Thank you all so much for your replies
get a 60lb paper or higher, this will have a good rigid feel to it, plus its good for multimedia like graphite, charcoal, heavy markers, maybe perminant markers if its 70lbx or higher,
i recommend a bound book, trust me its worth the extra money, because it can take a beating unlike spiraled ones which selfdistruct when frequently trucked around,
If it's of any help, my art teacher always says "when in doubt, just go buy Canson". I don't know what sketchbook brands are popular around where you live, but over here Canson sketchbooks are just about the cheapest paper that professionals use.
SKUTCHBUK -- thank you for the critique, have a good night!