Starting a New Sketchbook with a Different Format is HARD

21 June 2018

The day before yesterday, during some much needed breaks of filling out applications and cover letters which always seem to come out like empty effort since i work so hard and hear nothing, I took a quick stroll to Starbucks.


Sweet Corner Bake Shop. I had only coffee. I swear.


Paris Baguette never seems to run out of interesting characters and compositions to draw.


The same could be said for Lenny’s Bagels for a lunch break.


Today i had a grand plan for getting another one of those 3 X 4 inch Pentalics that I so enjoy. I figured at the very least I could have the larger format Pentalic that I haven’t used at all. My store did not have them so I went to DaVinci and went for one of my old standbys, the Stillman and Birn Alpha series, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. After using the tiny books, I was used to honing in on the facial expressions and mannerisms that I could quickly and stealthily jot down on those tiny pages. It was like trying to solve a calculus problem in front of the class on a whiteboard with erasable markers.

I had an eye exam today that suggested there may be some symptoms of glaucoma, but I am not worrying about that until I see an opthamologist this week. In the meantime, I scraped out a couple of sketches with my trusty fountain pens with some added watercolor.062118a062118b062118c062118d

I’m not sure how I feel about today’s efforts, but I gave it a shot. I drew today.

Thank you so much for visiting!

See you later!!



4 thoughts on “Starting a New Sketchbook with a Different Format is HARD

    1. Thank you for commenting, Birgit! I just finished the new sketchbook, and I’m back to the one I was using before, different paper, different size, the paper reacts differently to the pen, paint, etc. I just hang in there. Eventually I’ll settle in. Thanks again!


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