At the end of each year I look at the sketchbooks I have in progress. If I include my two practice sketchbooks there were six of them. Two were almost filled, though, and I make an effort to fill those before we turned over the calendar to 2020 for I can get a fresh start on the year. Besides, both of those books were portrait format and I find that I prefer working in landscape mode.
To replace one I grabbed a Stillman & Birn Alpha (10×7) from my sketchbook stash. I love this format and Stillman & Birn books are still my favorites.
For the second replacement, however, I decided to try something new. Out of curiosity I’d picked up a pad of Strathmore 184lb Mixed Media paper. I cut a bunch of 9×12 sheets in half and created a 26-sheet sketchbook. I made covers from thick cardboard and took it to Bureau en Gros (Staples to those outside of Quebec) where they neatly spiral bound it for me.
The plan was to wait until 2020 to start using them but I couldn’t wait to try the Strathmore paper so I sketched the small support table that sits to the left of my drawing table. I really like drawing on the paper and, at least for these light washes, the paper does fine. I think I’m going to like it even if it isn’t S&B.
So I’m all set for 2020. I want to thank everyone who followed my blog in 2019 and all who have taught me so much by posting their own work on their blogs, YouTube, Instagram, and the rest. Happy New Year.