Finishing a Couple of Sketchbooks

I’ve had a few sketchbooks in various stages of completion for a couple of years, and I just put two of them to bed. One was a Moleskine sketchbook that I used almost entirely for lunchtime sketches while sitting in parks in NYC– mostly quick pencil sketches, with watercolors added to a few later. After […]

Review and Giveaway: Halaby Aero Flightbook Notebooks

Can you judge a  notebook by its cover? Perhaps! I was very excited to get these samples from Halaby Aero. The first time I saw these notebooks at Paper Presentation in NYC, I immediately thought they were cool. I have no day to day use for any of the airplane-related info on the covers, but […]

Bush Smarts Field Journal

This is cute, and it comes in a nice little bag, but seems to just be a medium sized, cardboard cover, relatively thin notebook with a stitched binding… so doesn’t $45 seem really steep?? Tan Field Journal Whenever you’re ready to write or sketch in the bush or the backyard, you won’t be without pencil […]

Moleskine Monday: More on City Notebooks

In a comment to my recent post about Moleskine City Notebooks, someone asked for more photos of what’s inside. Here’s a few, plus a shot of my collection:  

Moleskine Monday: My Collection of City Notebooks

I’ve always been a fan of Moleskine’s City Notebooks. After noticing that they seemed to have scaled back their list of cities quite a bit (Moleskine Monday: Did the World Just Get Smaller?), I’ve been snapping up other cities wherever I can, often at good discounts off the original list price. Here’s my collection thus […]

Tips from Readers

More from my inbox: A tip from M: “I have issues with the binding cracking/splitting on my Moleskines.  The solution – black duct tape.  Check out the photo.  Works great and doesn’t look too bad.” Peter shares some sketchbook pages and a tip on transfering art to notebook pages: “Just wanted to give you some […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Russell Stutler

Based on the photo below and the website where I found it, Russell Stutler is definitely a sketchbook addict.   His website is a great resource for anyone who is interested in sketching on the go– there are articles on tools like waterbrushes and assorted sketchbook brands, and tips on how to use them in […]

Dan Eldon’s Journals

The beautiful notebooks above only hint at the amazing work inside them… but they also come with a sad story. Dan Eldon was a young photojournalist who was killed by an angry mob in Somalia in 1993, along with 3 of his colleagues. “Dan left behind seventeen bound leather journals filled with drawings, writings and […]

Sketchbook Preparation

A fascinating blog post about preparing to do a sketchbook and laying out the pages. This method won’t be for everyone, but it’s something I’d like to think about for my next travel sketchbook, as I rarely feel like my sketchbook pages have good composition: “I approach my sketchbooks like a graphic designer and the […]

Cynthia Rowley’s Packing List Includes Notebooks

From the New York Times website, designer Cynthia Rowley talks about favorite things to bring along on her travels, including journals for her kids to record their adventures, at around the :57 mark: Via Can’t Go Without: Cynthia Rowley.