Saturday, March 27, 2010

Piccadilly Anime Flowers Sketchbook Review

While you can certainly practice your sketching and drawing skills on loose inexpensive sheets of printer paper, every once in while it might be a good idea to work on some type of sketchbook so you can maintain a more permanent chronological record of your artistic development. I own several sketchbooks in different sizes filled with assorted papers suited for different sketching tools to meet the needs and mood of any situation I might encounter.Occasionally a new sketchbook ends up in my rather large collection of partially filled sketchbooks mainly because I found myself away from home in an unexpected waiting situation without an adequate supply of drawing paper (Reminder: always carry a sketchbook with you! especially if you do not want to end up buried under a pile of unfinished sketchbooks ;)). Recently I picked up this 8.5" X 11" top spiral bound Piccadilly Anime Flowers sketchbook with 100 sheets of white paper in the bargains section of the local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Being left-handed, I really like that the wire binding is on top away from my drawing hand. Small enough to fit on any backpack or messenger bag, it is quite suitable for sketching on-the-go.
This markings sample chart shows that the paper can readily accept pigmented plastic nib pens, brush pens, graphite pencils, and colored drawing leads.
Uni F 2 mm graphite lead test doodle.
Uni H 2 mm graphite lead test doodle.Pilot Neox Violet Color Eno 0.7 mm drawing lead test sketch.
While this sketchbook might work best with dry media and some pens, it can also handle some light watercolor washes. Used some Winsor & Newton Artists' watercolors to color the waterproof ink sketches above with minimal buckling of its lightweight paper. Economical choice for a practical field sketchbook.

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