In preparation for starting graduate school in the fall, I have been trying to narrow down the brand of sketchbooks I want to stock up on. It is a tough decision, considering I hope to use the same brands/styles for 3 years.
I have always been a fan of Moleskine books, especially their pocket-size planners and watercolor books. During the last few months I have become fascinated by their “folio” series books and I am considering the option of a pairing of A4 sized folio sketchbooks and watercolor books. The sketch ones for general pencil/colored pencil sketching (and notes) and the watercolor for ink and watercolor work.
Of course my other choice is Stillman and Birn sketchbooks with either Epsilon or Zeta paper. This solution would allow me to use one type/size for everything…however the page count is a bit lower for a similar size/price. This would mean purchasing a higher quantity. I do love S&B papers though..can not speak highly enough of this company.
Still weighing the options, but I will have to make a decision soon.
UPDATE: AN UNKNOWN OPTION
I came across a company yesterday that produces a sketchbook series for designers which seemed like they were worth a try. The company is Cottonwood Arts. They seem to be supplying the ranks of concept designers, animators and video game art folks. As I am entering a field of design, which is more about communicating ideas through drawing (80% of the time), I thought I should really give them a shot. I ordered 2 sketchbooks from them yesterday, a D1 (8.25” x 11.5”) and a D3 (5” x 8.25”).
UPDATE: MEDIA CHOICE
I have realized that for my chosen field it will be appropriate to find a sketchbook which works well with pencils and pen primarily with markers and colored pencils as secondary options. As my primary drawing tools will more than likely be my lead holders/mechanical pencils, Copic Multiliners and Neutral Black Sketch Markers, I feel that a lighter weight paper could work, and I am not so worried about using wet media. I will probably keep using Stillman and Birn Zeta series for watercolors since it has worked so far for me….