Tips for Keeping a Sketchbook

Here’s a post with some great tips and inspiration for keeping a sketchbook, from illustrator Chad Townsend: How to Keep a Sketchbook. From the article: What to carry: Nothing fancy! It doesn’t have to be a high dollar sketchbook. Remember, you’re going to wreck it anyway. What you DO need is something small and portable […]

Helen Ström’s Moleskine

Helen Ström is an artist who was born in Sweden, grew up in Spain, and now lives in Paris. I don’t remember how I discovered  her blog but I love her beautiful sketches: See more at Helen Ström: Moleskine. Her watercolors are wonderful too!

A Kids Book Illustrated Entirely in Ballpoint Pens

Not 100% notebook related, but pretty cool! Lowriders in Space was recently named a best children’s book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. The illustrator, Raul Gonzalez, did all the artwork in Bic pens, and says “The reason I did this is that I wanted the book to have a very accessible book to youngsters out […]

Artists’ Diaries at the Smithsonian

I was in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to one of the Smithsonian museums to see a cool little exhibit on artists’ diaries: A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art. It’s not a huge exhibition, and the […]

Review and Giveaway: Penroll

I tend not to review very many notebook-related accessories on this site. There are various pen-holders and notebook covers on the market but I am not usually interested in them, as I like to keep my notebooks pretty simple and unencumbered. But when I first spotted the Penroll, I was immediately attracted to it and […]

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.

Courtney Wotherspoon’s Sketchbook

I always enjoy the Sketchbook Sneak Peek series at Design Sponge. Here’s one from a while back, featuring Courtney Wotherspoon. What are your go-to sketch book supplies? Are there any brands or media that you’re particularly drawn to? Pens, Uni-Ball Deluxe Micro, always black. Sometimes a blue ballpoint pen sneaks in if I can’t find […]

Review: Daler Rowney Ivory Artist’s Sketchbook

I purchased this sketchbook at Lee’s Art Shop in NYC (which is always worth a visit if you’re in town). I was attracted by the size and shape, as you don’t see that many slim softcover sketchbooks that are truly pocketable. This one certainly is– it’s flexible enough to keep in a back pocket but […]

Review: Sketch & Draw Sketchbook

The Sketch & Draw notebook is another Art Alternatives product that I picked up at Blick. These are inexpensive sketchbooks with toothier paper, similar to what’s found in the Hahnemuhle and HandBook sketchbooks, but not quite as thick. The first thing that really sticks out about this brand is the placement of the elastic closure, […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Tina

This week’s addict is a blogger and urban sketcher who also hand-binds her own notebooks. Here’s some of her hand-bound books: She’s also used a Rhodiarama notebook as a travel journal: And I love this shot of her travel sketching kit! You can read more on her blog about the handbound sketchbooks and how she […]