Revisiting my Singapore sketchbooks

June 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

If you haven’t noticed… I have done very little daily sketching in my own sketchbook lately….so many things going on that I just don’t have the time at the moment. I am averaging one sketch (or sketching session) a week! Unbelievable I know!

As for my normal ‘trip prep’ – that is just not going to happen. I have been working all day (Saturday) and tonight am still doing some research for 2 projects… but very nicely it ties in to a little bit of trip prep, and that is thinking about how I will be filling my sketchbook for my upcoming planned trip to BCN and the UK.

I absolutely love the options of working in a larger size book- so I have ordered 4 A4 watercolour moleskine (think I will only take 3…but my calculations of previous efforts seem to indicate that I might need a 4th!). Tonight I was looking through my Singapore pages along the theme of composition and collected these journal type pages as examples of how great it is to have a larger size book.

Interestingly enough, my recent trip to Melbourne was less varied from a compositional point of view- more single page images that didn’t connect. I love the freedom of being able to work larger or to thread a story together of smaller moments.

Hmmm, got to start thinking about my BCN trip…..and try to squeeze in a wee sketch!


  • Liz Steel says:

    It is HEAVY! I only use them for my trips when I actually walk the streets carrying my sketchbook in my hand (yes, I am a worry!) I use the other side of the sketchbook to rest my paints on – it is like a mini drawing board! A5 books are the best size for daily sketchbooks though…I think!

  • Amanda says:

    I love the composition possibilities you're getting on the bigger pages – it looks so much more flexible than I manage in A5 books – but how do you manage with carrying it around? The weight? Balancing it in your lap?

    Mine is in my handbag all the time along with a Bijou box, pencil box and a tiny water container is already heavy. Maybe I'm a woos and need to lift weights!

  • The larger format gives so much more scope for better composition. I have just ordered an A4 Moleskine and am keen to try it out.
    I find the vertical format of the A5 quite restricting – just wish the sketchbooks came just slightly wider so there's a more square page! Sometimes one just doesn't want to deal with the gutter of the book!
    So enjoying all your "colour talk" thanks Liz.

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