Monday, October 12, 2009

Italian leather

Last year I bought a beautiful Italian sketchbook.  It's 9 x 12 and covered in soft red leather, filled with cream smooth paper, each page interleaved with a what seems to be a type of glassine paper.  I hadn't done much in it, but pulled it out the other night and decided to try a drawing or two.

This is an amusing little drawing of two siblings, one at a distance from the other, the sister pretending to kiss her brother. 

So how does the sketchbook perform?  Fairly well.  The problem with any very smooth surface is losing your layers too quickly and the inability to obtain really dark values. The paper is quite sturdy and may hold up to some water or even oils, which I'll experiment with later.

1 comment:

sue said...

sounds like a wonderful book! I love this playful, soft drawing.