|3/10/14 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Sailor pen, gel pen, |
Strathmore 400 140 lb. paper
I’ve been enjoying the sketches of David Hingtgen, an urban sketcher in Seattle, and the dynamic perspective he often takes using a narrow, vertical-format sketchbook. A while back, I had stitched up a signature of square-format pages, thinking the square would force interesting compositions, but I haven’t been using it as much as I’d thought I would. So I opened it up and turned it vertically to give myself a tall, narrow (12 inches by 6 inches) view.
Unfortunately, the track lighting and ductwork hanging from Zoka Coffee’s ceiling wasn’t much fun (I’m sure some people love sketching such mechanical structures, but they don’t do much for me), so I need to choose my content more carefully. But I enjoyed the challenge of slicing the composition this way.
In fact, I might have to stitch up a different signature of paper to exaggerate the vertical format even more – maybe 12 by 4 ½ inches. One of the most exciting things about handbinding my own sketchbooks is being able to choose the paper size and format at whim. Well, not exactly at whim – I’m practical enough that I always cut the paper to avoid waste – but there’s still a lot of room for experimenting within the boundaries of standard paper sizes.