What I Am Using Now

A commenter on a recent post asked what notebooks I was using for my business and personal notes. The notebook I was referring to in that post was a pocket-sized squared Moleskine, one of my hoard of old ones from before their quality declined so much. That is my daily catch-all notebook for journal entries, […]

Pentalic Traveler Pocket Sketch Reader Review

I love the detailed commentary I sometimes get from readers of this site about their own favorite notebooks. A reader called Filcard responded to my review of the Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook recommending that I check out another one of their products: “My absolute favorite though is the “sister” product to the Illustrator, the Traveler Pocket […]

A Sketchy Sketchbook

I love seeing sketchbooks that are really sketchy– not finished, perfect works on each page, but a mish-mash of lines and colors, where you can really see the artist working things out in a process. The one below is from ANOBELISK, where the artist, an illustration student, says: “I fill a sketchbook with images and […]

Review: Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook, New Version

A few years ago, I reviewed the Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook. I quite liked it but found that the paper was a bit thin and show-through was more than average. A commenter on that post noted that Pentalic had “beefed up” after these were initially introduced, and that seems to be true. More recently, I bought […]

Review: Watercolor Sketchbook Comparison

I’m often dabbling with watercolors in sketchbooks that aren’t really made for using them– regular notebook or sketchbook paper can deteriorate a bit with wet paints, or wrinkle and buckle a lot as it dries. So I’ve been experimenting more with using actual watercolor paper in hopes of better results. I’ve had various watercolor pads […]

My Inventory of Spare Notebooks

As you might imagine, I have a lot of notebooks stashed in various places. I have boxes of them under beds and in cabinets and in drawers. They are at home and at the office. They are pretty much everywhere! Lots of them are old ones that I have used. Lots of them are new […]

Notebooks All Around: A Look at (Some of) My Collection

Today I thought I’d just share some photos of various parts of my notebook collection and where they are scattered around my apartment: Below is a corner of my office where I was going through boxes of notebooks and had stashed some used ones that needed to be put away. There are a few months […]

Review: Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook

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 […]

Secret Shopper Photo: Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook

Though I’ll never really ditch notebooks for my iPhone, I do find it very handy for on the go blogging! I snapped this photo of a notebook I’d never seen before, the Pentalic Illustrator’s Sketchbook. It’s another Moleskine look-alike, very different from the Pentalic A La Modeskin notebooks. I’ll do a full review later, but […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Jonel

A reader named Jonel sent me a link to her Flickr page, where she has some great photos of her prodigious notebook collection: This photo only captures about half the spread– it was too big to fit in one shot! (The Flickr shots are tagged with notes.) And it doesn’t end there, as Jonel added […]