Being fairly new (as I’ve said before), I’m exploring various drawing surfaces, trying to find one that is budget friendly enough that I don’t mind “screwing up”
I find I don’t like most sketchbooks.
- I’m left handed so my hand winds up hitting the spine unless I draw either backwards (i.e. back to front in the sketchbook) or if I draw exclusively in a landscape orientation
- Most of the sketchbooks I’ve tried the paper is too smooth. I realize this has a place depending on your medium.
I picked up some me-teinets (sp?) for pastels, I do like them for that purpose. I have not tried them for charcoal as recommended for the LOD course.
I picked up a larger sketchbook from Hobby Lobby that was “smooth” paper. I didn’t realize how smooth it was until the pencil just glided across the page, I found it difficult to develop a proper range of tones on this paper. It’s going to the kids.
Newsprint is ok for quick work or charcoal but I find it too flimsy.
I find mixed media paper semi-ok, but I have a hard time finding top bound pads.
I did pick up some Strathmore 300 paper (yellow cover) and I do like that a lot. But I find it expensive for sketching purposes.
Does anyone else have suggestions for surface media? I’m mostly practicing in graphite just due to the lack of mess and ease of portability. I actually prefer charcoal but haven’t figured out how to minimize the collateral damage to the surrounding area… and pastels??? sigh. Those are for the studio only.
I also find I like a minimum of 9x12, larger is better., I’ve done up to 11x14 and felt comfortable.