Trying out Moleskine (again)

Moleskine has long been a favorite among the sketching community, and for a long time I really couldn’t understand why. I’d used loads of their notebooks and frankly, they kind of suck. The paper is extremely thin and smooth, meaning that ink smears and bleeds something terrible.

Not wanting to completely dismiss the brand, though, I picked up one of their sketchbooks and tried it out with my regular art pens. And you know what? It was fantastic. The paper is thick and sturdy with minimal show-through and no feathering. It’s lovely to draw on. I now understand the hype.

So now that’s my purse sketchbook. I was at a party and decided to do a couple of sketches – the hosts’ cat on his kitty tree, and my foot among the assorted detritus of eating and playing video games. Fun times. Maybe this new sketchbook will actually cause me to draw more while I’m out. That’d be nice.

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  1. How fun! I love the context commentary on the cat drawing. It will make it even better when you look through the notebook later on.

    So apparently the paper in the sketchbooks is not even in the same category as the paper in the notebooks?

    • Oh yeah, the difference is striking. I can never go back.

      I need to do more diary-type drawings like these. I love looking back on them – they have more memories attached than photos, somehow.

  2. For a moment, I thought you had adopted another cat — good thing I read the commentary.

    LOVE the “party still life with foot”!

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