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I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! Hope it is full of family, friends, fun, and feasting before you start thinking about shopping… but once you do… here’s a few gift ideas for your favorite notebook addict–perhaps yourself!
Brice Marden Notebooks: I posted about these recently, but hadn’t yet received my own copies of the facsimile notebooks. They arrived yesterday so now I can tell you firsthand that they are fabulous! A really cool glimpse at an artist’s jottings and other ephemera pasted into his sketchbooks from the 1960s.
Jean-Michel Basquait: The Notebooks: another interesting facsimile artist’s notebook.
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, by Lynda Barry. Another facsimile composition book that I’ve posted about before. You can get lost in these pages for hours, and there are practical lessons for creativity too.
Cheap pens are always a great stocking stuffer– these have the .38mm fine tip that I love, and they’re cheaper than the version sold at JetPens. As far as I can tell, the pen body is different but the refills inside are the same. I also love Pigma Micron pens for drawing. They come in lots of different sizes and colors:
Poetry Is Useless, by Anders Nilsen: Yet another piece of eye-candy with imaginative cartoons and doodles drawn in the pages of pocket notebooks.
For those who aren’t intimidated by a lot of empty pages to fill, how about the Art Alternatives Sketches in the Making Giant Hardcover Sketch Book. It’s 600 pages of 12.5 x 10.75″ paper! Make your own coffee table book!
Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers
Still one of my favorite books about sketchbooks. Always fun to flip through.
Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art
Another fun and inspirational book, with different tips and techniques cross-referenced to the work of different artists.