|Above, a selection of sketchbooks from Kunst & Papier, Palo Alto, California.
About two weeks ago I opened up a discussion regarding the best pencil for drawing.
Now I'm interested in the best sketchbook. Although I had an opinion about the best pencil, I find that I love just about any sketchbook, so long as it has decent paper and can open up and lay reasonably flat while I'm working on a figure drawing.
So, please let me know what you think. I'm asking the American Artist community brain trust to speak up on what makes a good sketchbook. I'll be writing a short piece on this topic for the Winter issue of Drawing mag, so please, share your opinion, and help our readers out.
What do you find most important when choosing a sketchbook? Whether it...
- is spiral bound or cloth bound?
- has ample sheets to last you a while?
- has high quality paper?
- fits in your pocket or is big enough to hold a large subject?
- has a hard cover or a soft one that won't poke you when it's in your backpack?
- looks good?
- is durable?
- has a means for securing it shut?
- is inexpensive enough that you feel free to draw as much as you like?
- is "green" or otherwise friendly to the environment?
- is simply the one you are familiar with?
Please share your wisdom, good people!