I use and enjoy plenty of nice sketchbooks, books with lovely multi-media and 100% cotton watercolor paper. This book below isn’t one of them. The Midori Blank Notebook is about 4×6 inches, has 176 thin pages, and costs a little over $8.
It has become a must-take-everywhere book for me. Why?
Below is a sequence of sketches, done one day as I waited for my kid at an orthodontist appt. I had no idea how long I had to sketch. I guessed 20 minutes, turns out it was 45. As I sat outside a Starbucks I put pen to paper, drew a wee bit, turned the page, started another sketch, only to have the person/dog move away, turned the page, started yet another drawing… You get the idea.
With a fancier paper, I’d never have done this. It was really fun to just keep going, not filtering out anything. Below are 7 spreads, in sequence, from that 45 minute session.
And then I get a call, the appointment is done. That was a fun don’t-think-just-draw 45 minutes.
The Midori book is a lovely smooth paper that pens and pencils glide across deliciously. Archival? I doubt it. I love that you can kinda see the previous (and next) sketch through the think pages. I feel like an old-time rotoscoping artist, onion-skinning a story together.