Trip Prep: Sketchbook thinking

June 27, 2013 | 7 Comments


Ok… you all think I am a little nuts… but the composition of my pages is a HUGE thing for me and my travel sketchbooks are the best opportunity to dedicate myself to sketching and layout…so tonight I did some serious reviewing and planning.

I have decided to use the A4 size moleskine again and in preparation bought 4 of them. Since I filled over 2 of them in 2 weeks visiting Singapore…I am thinking that this year’s 4-week trip plus some extra events beforehand that I want to record will need 4 sketchbooks. So I had to do my usual calculation (which is always light on!) to confirm that I need 4. Aagh! the weight!

I am also thinking about layout. I approach my sketchbooks like a graphic designer and the larger page size has more possibilities that I haven’t fully explored yet.  I spent this evening’s cuppa analysing my layouts for both the SG trip and the Melbourne trip (marking up in different coloured pens the areas of text vs image vs maps. I feel the Melbourne sketchbook’s layout was a little ho hum so trying to work out what pages I like from the SG book….and what the feel I want for this years books.

The long and short of it is that I am going to attempt to fill my sketchbooks according to a 3 column grid (well as a starting point)  This might prove to be a silly undertaking but I have always wanted to approach a sketchbook with a ‘book design’ type approach.


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