The Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook is a nice little notebook I found at Lee’s Art Supply in New York several months ago.
It’s very basic, and in some ways hard to distinguish from other Moleskine clones, but it does have a few interesting points of differentiation.
- The paper wrapper is a translucent vellum.
- The cover material is a little smoother than Moleskine.
- It has black endpapers.
- The brand name is on the ribbon marker-, which is a bit longer than usual
- In addition to black, white and brown covers are available.
- It has 200 pages, a bit more than the usual 192 for notebooks this size.
It has nice smooth paper that feels good with all pens, and my fountain pen worked nicely on it– but it’s a bit thin– not great for showthrough.
Pentalic is based in Oregon, US, but the notebook says it is “hand made in China”, and notes that the cover material is manufactured in the Netherlands. They also note “book design by Maurits,” so I guess that’s who gets credit for those little touches mentioned above!
There’s something very pleasing about this notebook– I love the black endpapers, and it just feels good in the hand. Given the showthrough and light paper, I’m not sure a lot of artists would really use it as a sketchbook, but I think I’ll work it into my rotation for daily jottings and quick sketches.
70 gsm/ 45 lb paper
200 sheets, 3.5″ x 5.5″