When I was busy with family outings back in July, it was wonderful to downsize to a square softcover Alpha sketchbook by Stillman and Birn (see more here). Last month, however, it suddenly felt too small. So I moved to a 8×10″ softcover Alpha book. This format used to be my favourite book, and I really enjoyed using it during my recent Road Trip. But for some reason, it didn’t feel right for my everyday sketching during September.
When it comes to my everyday sketching I go through periods when I’m quite focused on it (trying new things, sketching a lot, and spending time designing my pages). I also have periods when my sketching is more in maintenance mode (still sketching regularly but not having the time for more serious sketches or much effort designing my pages). The last few months have been the latter, and I’ve felt a little detached from my sketchbooks.
But last week when I started a brand new A4 hardcover I suddenly felt more connected to my sketchbook again. I think it’s the combination of the hardcover book and the larger pages. I still haven’t found any dedicated time for some serious sketching, but I’m definitely enjoying filling the pages of this book more. And yeah, I know – this book is much heavier than the square softcover but I think it’s worth it!
Note 1: This book is actually the 8.5 x 11″ version (US Letter) so not technically the A4 book. But the size and feel are the same so I’m generalising. 🙂 I actually prefer the 8.5 x 11″ but the A4 is generally easier to source here in Australia.
Note 2: This size book suits me perfectly at the moment but I’m not at all recommending people blindly copy me. I suspect that it is too heavy, too big and has too many pages for most of you.
Okay… time to share a few of my recent pages. There are no masterpieces but I’m just having fun sketching the same old stuff and playing with colour and texture. It has also been good to do the Buildings exercises at a larger size than normal. 🙂
Changing sketchbook size is always a good thing for me to do as it makes me change how I approach my sketches. Is it something that you do? Let me know in the comment section below.
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