Sketchbooks for Urban Sketching
Simple Black Hardbound Sketchbooks
The sketchbooks I use the most, the ones I ALWAYS have with me, are the simple black hardbound books. My most common size is 5x7, which fits inside the green leather journal cover. I also use a smaller pocket size, a square wire-bound, and a 9x12 black sketchbook on occasion. The 5x7 fits in all my bags and is easy to pull out on location. I draw with ink pens, markers, and pencils. Dry media only.
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|Cachet Classic Black Cover Sketchbook - $13.50|
Cachet's Classic Black Cover Sketchbook contains superior quality 70 lb white drawing paper that's acid-free and neutral pH suitable for a variety of media. Its black pyroxylin cover resists water and fraying. The sewn binding allows pages to lay flat.
Hand-Made Sketchbooks and Journals
Hand-made sketchbooks are a delight. I'm so lucky that I have friends who like to make books and often give me sketchbooks as gifts! The best part about hand made books are that you can make them with your own choice of high-quality watercolor paper. I like to use hot press WC paper. It is smooth enough to use with all drawing materials and is ideal for wet media.
|Books by Hand Blank Journal Class Packs - $169.99|
These economical classroom kits include professional archival materials to make 10 traditionally bound 5-1/4" × 7-1/4" blank books. Choose from two styles of cover paper. All you need to complete these journals is glue.
Sketchbooks with Unique Papers
Unusual papers with textures or colors can be fun and a nice alternative to plain white. The two on the left have tinted pages with textured fibers. The one on the right has a wide variety of textures, colors, and qualities. I often buy sketchbooks when I travel because the papers may be different than what I can usually find at home. Of course, that may mean a bit of experimentation is necessary. You never know how wet media, or even ink pens, will react to unknown paper types. This means I have to try them out. Try them all. Over and over again. What fun!
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|Sennelier Urban Sketch Book - $13.28|
Urban "on-location" sketching is a fast-growing trend. Sennelier's Urban Sketchbook features an accordian-fold design offering eight panels per side for your sketches. An elegant black cloth cover completes the package for a stunning tabletop shelf or mantel display that stands on its own.
Larger-Sized Sketchbooks for Urban Sketching
The best way to get started with urban sketching is to simply get out there and do it. Any sketchbook that you have on hand will work. Some artists like to work with larger sketchbooks, such as these 9x12 drawing pads. Some use as large as 11x14, but rarely much larger. Urban sketching is usually practiced in areas that are crowded with pedestrians or where you might not have a lot of time in one spot.
Some urban sketchers use old found journals or even old ledger books. They have a lot of fun working on the unusual papers. Old white pages telephone books?
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|Canson The Wall Sketchbook - $15.69|
Canson The WALL sketchbooks contain high-quality French-made paper with a technologically advanced barrier layer that creates 60 usable surfaces. The opaque extra white paper resists bleedthrough even with solvent-based markers. 30 sheets. 135 lb (220 gsm).