Tools Of The Trace
I’m not loyal to brands unless the product is outstanding. As far as sketchbooks go, I don’t think you can do much better than a Canson Universal Recycled Sketchbook:
- a variety of formats (I prefer the 9″x12″, portrait format)
- smooth-ish surface appropriate for a variety of media
- 100, 65lb pages (thick enough sheets that my heavy sketching hand and mixed media applications don’t bleed through to the the other side)
- 100% recycled content (ecologically responsible, makes me feel good)
- coil bound so the book lies perfectly flat when opened
- micro-perforated along the margin for clean tear-outs
With a card stock cover and thick card backing board it’s not as pretty as a hardbound sketchbook is, but I’ve worked in books with a hard bound spine and I like using them less.
And because a picture is so nice to look at, here’s a recent page from the ol’ ArjoWiggins – a few musings that might eventually make their way into the third dimension…
Note: I generally use a 2B pencil for sketching – I’ve upped the contrast for easier viewing.
Do you have a tool in your arsenal that you love and endorse wholeheartedly? Don’t be shy, it doesn’t have to be arts related!