I started a new sketchbook this year - I am going with the smaller "moleskine" sketchbook with the thick paper.
I had a bunch of these lying around from back
when I worked at Big Huge Games/38 Studios. To commemorate the launch of
"Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning" they had moleskines printed up for with
the Reckoning "swirl" pattern on it that I designed.... everyone at 38
Studios / Big Huge Games got one but they had a bunch of extras so when
the company went belly-up I grabbed a few more.
was, I really didn't like working on the moleskine back then, I was
still into my larger, 9x12, ring-bound Canson sketchbooks. My hesitation
was the smaller surface area, but I decided to force myself to try it
for more than one page because the issue with the larger sketchbook is
the portability and awkwardness of it. I want to be able to have my
sketchbook with me ALWAYS (A.B.Y.S.S. - "Always Bring Your Sketchbook, Stupid").
Another thing I did to realize this goal was I
used velcro to be able to attach my pencil, my erasers, and my iPhone. I
can even stick a kneaded eraser onto the velcro.
I think it's working out - I find myself sketching in my sketchbook way
more than I used to and I really like the sketches I have been doing.
this also made me realize that we can be stubborn sometimes as artists.
We get used to working a certain way, with certain materials, but the
truth is if you just give something a chance, let it run it's course
instead of instantly saying: "I don't like this, it doesn't feel like I
expect it to", you may find that you can adapt to a new way of working
and solve other issues that the old way was holding you back from.
Eventually, these sketches will be included in my second volume of a published collection of sketches. In the meantime, you can purchase my FIRST collection of sketches here, on my Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/seanandrewmurray