In April I finished my small Moleskine sketchbook (portrait 9 x 14 cm). I loved the ease of always carrying it with me, yet I’m not particularly fond of the papers’ yellow tinge and smoothness. For the quick casual sketches I preferred the paper in Daler-Rowney Ebony Artist’s sketchbooks – it could take a light layer of watercolour, but didn’t feel too precious, like thick paper in watercolour sketchbooks does, to waste on simple pen sketches.
Quick pen sketch of chickens

Pilot G-TEC-C4 pen in Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook (14.0 x 21.6 cm)

At the moment Iโ€™m using Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook (14.0 x 21.6 cm). In three weeks since starting it I left it behind few times thinking my bag already too full or too heavy and of course regretted not having any sketching materials with me when unexpected sketching opportunities presented themselves. So either I need to resolve to carry it with me at all times or get another smaller sketchbook. I donโ€™t mind having more than one sketchbook on the go. We, humans, very rarely recall events in strict chronological order โ€“ the mind jumps around, the chain of memories loosely linked by various associations โ€“ places, times, people. Why should my sketchbooks be any different? Why should one start only when another finishes?