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I got sent some really inspiring notes about sketchbook drawing and thought I should post some of my doodles from my own.  These two pages were done in Church on Sunday...mostly during Relief Society.  Yeah, the proportions are waay off, especially with the girl sitting in the chair...but hey, hopefully always trying to improve!


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Aug. 7th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Me likey!

Hey, what kind of paper do you prefer to use for sketching? I really do want to send you a book. :-D
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Generally I like something that has a bit of a tooth to it though sometimes the nice glossy of plain ol' type paper is nice with a good pen. I'd like to make a sketchbook with pre-toned paper so I can use a white pencil for highlights.

In terms of "makin' it easy," I found the legal sized paper is pretty easy to fold and makes a nice sized sketchbook. I wish I had more options in terms of color and weight though.
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, unless you splurge on Canson paper, there aren't that many viable options for weight and colour.

My personal books are either done with manuscript paper (for writing, obviously) or with 70lb-or-so sketch paper. I've done some with watercolour paper that turned out spectacularly, and I've done some with assorted papers - different Cansons, different sketch papers, all sorts of standard 24-28-lb smooths - that have turned out great.

The ones I sell are almost all 24lb smooth white, just so I don't have to keep umpty-billion types of paper around. And for writing journals, an octavo or a quarto of that makes a nice size.
Aug. 7th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Where have you generally gotten your paper?

For my nephew, I wanted something "parchmant" like... the closet thing I could find...(without spending an arm and a leg) was a creamy legal paper.

I've wanted to go into an art store when they are having a sale and buying an obscene amount of art paper and making myself an oh so special sketchbook.
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, are you okay with doing a smaller book, say 6x9"? If so, find yourself a Walmart - they have a "Shades of Ivory" assortment for cheap that's actually pretty darn quality. I used to use it for resume paper.

The only other viable option IS resume paper, but that's way more expensive. And still doesn't come in legal size, alas.

Oh man, I've been so tempted to use one of my JoAnn's coupons at the local art supply store and get a mess o' Canson paper to make an uberbook. I just have no idea what I'd use it for when I'm done!
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Your art store takes Joann coupons?! Like...JoAnn's Fabric store?
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Yup. They accept competitors' coupons - JoAnns and Michael's both. I just use the JoAnns ones because you can sometimes get 50% off or 10%-off-order coupons, the latter of which are FABULOUS at the art store.

They won't take internet coupons, but that's a small price to pay..
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Dude. I *love* 50% JoAnn's coupons.

I need to find an art store that'll take em.
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
You should ask! Mine has their policy posted, but they never used to. They just accept competitors' coupons.

Michael's does, too, y'know. I use their coupons AND my spares from JoAnn's all the time, then use the internet ones at JoAnn's. :-D
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Interested and amused. . .
Very Awesome! I can tell the angle you were sitting during SM. :D
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Interested and amused. . .
Hee. :)
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