|1/25/16 Sailor Nagomi brush pen, Canson All-Media Book (5-min. pose)|
In the past few of years since I started attending life-drawing sessions somewhat regularly (at least during the wet-weather months), I’ve tried various sketchbook types and formats. I needed something larger than my usual 6-by-9-inch “Stefano” size, and since I burn through a lot of pages in a typical three-hour session, I wanted the paper to be relatively inexpensive yet friendly to a variety of media. The book had to be bound in a way that would make flipping quickly from page to page easy (during the very short poses that change without a break, it’s critical not to lose time fussing with materials).
A tall order? As usual, yes, but I’m really happy with the two favorites I’ve stuck with the past couple of years.
|Canson Drawing Book and All-Media Book|
|1/18/16 Zebra brush pen, Canson|
Field Drawing Book (2-min. pose)
|1/23/14 Conte pencil, Canson Drawing|
In both cases, I use the 9-by-12-inch, hardcover, spiral-bound format. If I were sketching on-location, that size would be too big and heavy to carry around or use when standing. But in life drawing, where I always have a chair, the format works well: I prop one edge on my lap and hold it up like a self-easel, and the spiral binding makes it easy to flip the page quickly and turn the book over when a pose changes.
Carrying the two large sketchbooks (plus a case full of pens and pencils) in a tote is a bit heavier than my usual daily bag, but it’s a lot easier than the 18-by-24 portfolio bags I see the other figure-drawing participants hauling around! Compared to them, I’m always traveling light.
|1/15/15 water-soluble colored pencil,|
ink, Canson All-Media Book
|11/21/14 India ink, Canson All-Media |
Book (20-min. pose)
|11/21/14 fountain pen, Canson All-|
Media Book (25-min. pose)