Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sketchbooks


I haven't accomplished much in the way of drawing today, even though I intended to lock myself away and do so. Life just got in the way. The start of this sketch was done this morning over coffee and may not proceed any further. Its more like my form of doodling.

Everywhere in the house I have sketchbooks stashed in case I have an idea or vision I want to capture. And there is always one next to me first thing in the morning when I'm having coffee. I don't know that I have a favourite type of sketchbook and I've tried a number of them. Each sketchbook has its own idiosyncrasies from size to binding to paper. Paper tooth and quality tends to be the deciding factor for me when buying a new sketchbook.

For drawing nothing beats the Moleskine for silkiness. Its comparable to drawing on drafting film with that smooth,buttery surface. I use Moleskines to carry around with me as they are inobtrusive and easily slipped into my bag. In the studio, I use large sketch pads to work out drawings and ideas and my favourite there is Canson Universal 65lb, as its surface is versatile enough to let me use a number of materials on them.

5 comments:

Rose Welty said...

Jeanette, I love the twinkle in the eye here...and yes, perhaps best left unfinished. Is this from your mind or a reference?

Very nice either way.

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanette, very nice. Thanks for the names of your sketchbooks. Fun to try a new one or two.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Rose. This is from a reference. I couldn't draw a circle from my imagination! :)

I love trying new sketchbooks Jo. You never know what you'll come across in terms of paper in them.

Teresa said...

Great sketch Jeanette... has a nice light touch to it.

pencilwizard said...

Yay got to say I love paper and especially sketchbooks which are scattered all around me for jotting stuff and ideas down. Never had a moleskin though but am going to treat myself to one as I have heard lots of good things about them.