I noticed these sparrows hanging out on the big TJ letters. I first tried sketching the whole sign but the birds were really tiny. So I took a page from Cathy Johnson’s Artists Journal Workshop (so to speak) and did a small close-up view sketch to glue on as a patch. If I’d been thinking ahead, I’d have saved room on the page.
This sketch was also a trial of a new book. I’ve finally filled the pocket Moleskine sketchbook. I saw this small sketchbook on Friday at Artist and Craftsman Supply in the U District. It is the same size as the Moleskine but more paper. The paper also has a better texture with more tooth. It is by Global Art Materials and is the hand*book travel*e*logue series. It says it’s for pen & ink, pencil and markers but “accepts light watercolor washes”. It comes in more shapes, sizes and cover colors but the paper is all the same.
I found it buckles just a little with the amount of watercolor I used in this sketch. It was certainly no more than the Moleskine sketchbook does and this paper is so much better for watercolor than the Moleskine sketchbook.
Amazon doesn’t have it nor can I find it in the online store for Artist and Craftman Supply. Art Supply Warehouse does have it. Cheap Joe’s also has it for a good price. Joe’s is the first one to report the paper weight is 34 pounds (130gsm). It feels like it’s more than that.