This sketchbook is three months worth of scribbles, sketchnotes and doodles. It seemed to fill up pretty quick – which has the added advantage of not falling apart before I get to the end. One of the fun things I’ve started doing is a daily drawing (of variable quality) of myself and then water colouring it. I’ve collected the ones I did from the book, and they’re pretty fun all collected together.
Other highlights from this were some sketchnotes from the very enjoyable and interesting Booksprint – covered in depth by Marieke on her blog.
Did my ususal thing of sketchnoting at a
Port80 Summer event.
Apparently these faces are a little odd and scary.
Have finished another sketchbook- always a nice feeling. This time it was a cheap Moleskine imitator from Asda. I think it was a £2, which is ridiculously cheap considering the quality of the paper is pretty good, it has the Moleskine style curved corners and the handy built in elastic to keep it all together. The features where the corners have been cut are the cover and the binding. The cover is a ‘fine leatherette’ which translates as a slightly padded vinyl. It’s clearly just a cover for the cheap cardboard underneath, unlike the integral cover of a proper Moleskine, but it doesn’t impact the function of the book too much. The binding is a different matter. A brand new book is pretty neat – it doesn’t fold as flat as a Moleskine, but does pretty well when you want to do a double page spread. I tend to do that a lot since the thickness of the paper enables me to draw of both sides without much bleed through. The binding only starts to complain once you’re about two thirds of the way through the book, where it starts to come away from the spine, making the book a lot more unstable.
For this sketchbook I experimented with stabilising the binding by replacing the spine with strong carpet tape.As you can see it’s not pretty but it did help a little. Maybe the fact the book starts to fall apart might encourage me to draw more in an attempt to fill it up before it disintegrates.
The three months it’s taken me to fill this one covered a pretty busy period –
I went to a jam-packedPort80 Event
I went to the always excellent IWMW2013
and did sketches on holiday in addition to the usual notes, practices and doodles.
Looking back through I’ve noticed that I’m using far more watercolours in this book , and the more I do the better I get at not having my watercolour effort descend into a muddy mess. You get better with practice – who knew?
It’s always enjoyable when I get to the end of a sketchbook, and this one was no exception. This book lasted from the 3 Jan 2013 until the 3rd May 2013. I know this because some time ago I got into the habit of writing the dates when I drew something next to it – something that I’d recommend for anyone starting to keep a sketchbook.
This particular sketchbook had a strange origin since I scavenged it from the wastepaper bin in work. I noticed this thick almost brand new book in the bin, which intrigued me. It had a glossy cover and some business sounding title, but then it was very puzzling since it was completely blank. It turned out it had been sent as a promotional item – for what I have no idea – but I was attracted to it because the paper was thick and had a lovely shiny finish that I thought would take some ink really well.
I was right about the paper – my current pens of choice the Uniball Pin pens, went on very smoothly, encouraging me to really colour in those blacks. It was a lot longer than I normally use, being around 160 sheets, where I normally go for something around 50 -80, and as time progressed I started to not draw on both sides like I tend to do with other books. This is partly a consequence of the binding not being as good as a Moleskine or Ring binding, and worrying about it splitting.
What has been interesting to reflect on is the way the book influences the sketch notes and writings. The glossy paper’s way of showing shiny blacks encouraged me to work mainly in black and white and mainly in pen. In the later pages of the book I dug out an old Posca pen I had which looked great. The dense matt black was quite a contrast to the shiny Pin pen ink.
One downside of the glossy paper is the drying time, which made turning over and completing a live sketchnote a little tricky.
Some highlights from this one
I’ve collected the sketchnotes I did at the Handheld 2012 conference. It was a really enjoyable day, even taking into consideration my nerves at breaking my conference speaking cherry.
My slides from the day are available at Speakerdeck
There is a bigger version over at flickr
Sketchnotes from eBooks presentation at the University of Glamorgan by Sue Burnett