I’m a lucky guy. Tina Koyama sent me one of her small sketchbooks. She makes these from light watercolor paper and endows them with creative covers. Now that I’ve used one, I know why all photos of her exhibit a big smile.
I’ve only done half a dozen sketches in this 4×6 book but it’s really fun to use and the paper holds up nicely to my pointy devices. It’s a single 5-sheet signature, providing 20, 4×6 sketch surfaces in a very small, light footprint.
My first use was to quickly sketch this odd metal sculpture. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to represent but I guess it represents it. No matter, it gave me a chance to scribble in the book and slop on a bit of watercolor.
And then it rained. It’s still acting like spring here and I was cloistered behind windows, limiting both my spirits and sketching subjects.
Across the street was this digger, so I drew it. I should have turned the book and drawn across the long dimension but I didn’t so this image is pretty small. Still, it was fun to let the Namiki Falcon wander around for a while.
This last sketch was done while I was out for a long walk. For some reason I was in the mood for a large scene when I walked through the park at Pointe de Lievre, so I plunked my butt on a picnic bench and quickly sketched this and used a waterbrush filled with dilute ink to shade it a bit. I deemed it a good use of 15 minutes.
I’m really enjoying Tina’s tiny sketchbook. I’m not sure she has convinced me to spend a lot of time making my own as I’d need to make a lot of them given the way I use small sketchbooks, but she’s nudged me a bit closer to the edge.