As mentioned in Monday’s article, I’ve decided to go back to a Stillman and Birn softcover Alpha book. So today I want to share my pages so far. I’m doing so much sketching at the moment that this is going to be another article with lots of sketchbook pages. And then I will be up to date!
Even though I absolutely loved using a A4 Watercolour Moleskine I wanted to go back to more casual paper so that I would start taking risks again. Alpha paper it’s not true watercolour paper so it doesn’t generate a lot of granulation and it buckles. But there is no doubt that it’s the paper which I feel most comfortable using for my everyday sketching. I actually don’t mind a bit of buckling as I love how it feels well used and lived in. It feels great to be using Alpha again!
Part of the reason for using the larger Hahnemuehle and Moleskine sketchbooks recently was to help me take my sketching more seriously and I feel as if that goal has been achieved. I definitely see a difference between the pages below and the ones that I was doing in June when I was last using an Alpha sketchbook. I’m taking more time for my sketches on location and my page design.
The pages in this article contain a lot of experiments doing more traditional skies (with lots of water) which I did for the Watercolour On Location Group Run-through. (If you are doing the course check out the replay for Livestream 7 where I talk through many of these sketches.) You will also see a few sketches from a visit to Milsons Point on an extremely windy day!
Anyway… here are most of the pages I’ve done in the last week and a bit!
There is no doubt that I feel a lot of freedom when using the Alpha paper.
Is this an important consideration when you are choosing a sketchbook?