Stocking Stuffer Drawing Books

Here’s something on my holiday wishlist: Peter Jenny’s Learning to See series. They’re lovely little pocket-sized books with exercises for those learning to draw, or re-learning, or looking for inspiration. The perfect companion to throw in your bag with a small sketchbook and pencil or pen, and list price is only $12 each.

From the In-Box

Catching up on various tips¬† and questions people have sent in! From S, a link to an old episode of Fresh Air Weekend: ‘Let’s Explore': David Sedaris On His Public Private Life: The best-selling author and humorist has kept journals for 36 years. Those diaries have been the jumping-off point for the personal essays that […]

Coolest Book Ever: SYLLABUS by Lynda Barry

Notebook lovers and Lynda Barry fans (I am both) will just die of happiness when they see this book! Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor Not only is every page chock full of Lynda Barry’s unique art and the creativity exercises she developed for the classes she’s taught, plus examples of student work… the amazing […]

Notebooks on a Book Cover

This looks like a great book, and not just because of all those lovely well-used notebooks on the cover! In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

Ian Curtis’ Journal

A notebook that belonged to Ian Curtis, the singer from Joy Division: His journals and lyrics are being published in a book: So This is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks Via leugenio: Ian Curtis journal and the lyrics to….

Moleskine Monday: New Products

It’s always interesting to see what new products pop up on Amazon for the coming year. There are quite a few “Chapters Journals” in various colors and sizes– unusual ones for Moleskine, such as 3.75 x7,” 3 x 5.5,” and 4.5 x 8.25.” The colors include “old rose,” “tawny olive,” and “plum purple.”¬† There are […]

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

I came across this book recently and fell in love with it for so many reasons. For one, the title is just brilliant. The art is brilliant. And then a few pages in, a bonus! The main character does a lot of drawings in notebooks. What’s not to love!?! The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Grids and Guides Notebook

I stumbled across this in a bookshop and just loved it! Wish they would make a pocket sized version too! Grids and Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers “Map out graphs, schematics, sketches, and dreams with this sleek and durable workbook. Inspired by vintage laboratory notebooks, Grids & Guides features 144 pages of graph paper […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Wendy MacNaughton

I was already familiar with Wendy MacNaughton’s work from her books, so I was happy to see her featured on the wonderful website In The Make, which offers fascinating behind the scenes tours of the studios of West Coast artists. Based on the photo below, I thought Wendy definitely qualified as a sketchbook addict!   […]

“The Pressures of a Really Good Notebook”

I quite sympathize with this person– it’s nice to get notebooks as gifts, but on the other hand they are very personal and what do you do if someone gives you one and you don’t know what to do with it? “When your family knows you’re a writer you get notebooks for presents, especially when […]