Favorite among artists of all kinds. Lay-flat design helps artists utilize every inch of paper space. Excellent sketchbook for dry mediums and some light washes. Round edges prevent dog-earing. Smooth drawing surface for small detail work and with enough tooth to capture large objects, too. Magnetic seal protects the paper in your bag or backpack.
Beware of wet mediums and alcohol inks, as they're prone to bleed right through.
100 two-sided sheets adjust to whatever artists work on next. Heavy paper improves pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings, and light washes without warping or unattractive smudges. More paper to work with. Spiral-bound design lets artists flip to the next page without warping and bending.
Weak cover may break if you're not careful. While built to hold some paint, lightweight primers are best for wet mediums and help offset the bleeding.
180 gsm ideal for urban sketchers who need enough weight for light washes with wet mediums. Strap on the hardcover offers improved protection. 112 pages is more than most mixed media sketchbooks offer. Square design perfect for sharing on social media.
While the paper stands up to light washes, additional primer is recommended for heavy painting.
Fits in artist's pocket, purse, bag, or hand. Heavy paper holds up to light washes as well as pencil sketches, making it suitable for urban sketchers and mixed media artists alike. Hard case protects the paper, while rounded edges prevent unneeded folds.
Small size is a nuisance for those who work on larger pieces.
120 sheets give artists plenty of room to sketch, doodle, illustrate, and plan their next masterpiece. While it isn't the best for preservation, it's a perfect pad for simple projects, concept sketches, and with some care and extra steps, archival use. Natural tone lets artwork pop off the sheet without artificial brightness.
Front cover breaks easily in bag and offers minimal protection for the paper inside. Beware of bleeding markers.
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