I have a weird set of beliefs when it comes to sketchbooks.
1. A new year = a new sketchbook.
Whether it’s September or January; a new year equals a new book. Even if the last one would not be filled from cover to cover. (Luckily, I managed to do that this year, my last sketchbook was an expensive Moleskine, it would have been such a waste).
2. The first drawing is vital.
I will only feel comfortable with my new sketchbook when the first drawing turns out OK (Luckily, I was quite satisfied with this dog). If I mess up that first drawing, I tend to dislike my new sketchbook and will chuck it out eventually.
3. A sketchbook determines the look and feel of all the sketches in it.
I have the feeling that a sketchbook can determine a ‘mood’ and that drawings that were created within the same book will have a similar feel or atmosphere to them.
4. Handmade sketchbooks are the best
I made this one in December. I used Marpa Jansen brown paper (24x34cm, 100g/m2) and I’ve hand sewn it. It’s easier than you think. Maybe next time I’ll do a post on how to sew your own booklet.