This week’s Sketchbook Skool has Roz Stendahl showing us how she sketches animals. What with the rain and the lack of animals in my vicinity, I chose another option. She showed us that during adverse weather she sketches from her large collection of realistic toy animals. I only have one. Well, realistic, not really. But it is a very realistic mythical creature! I give you the Red Dragon.
I often mull over the configuration of my sketch book(s). It’s been over 2 years and I still have not decided what is an optimal system. I vacillate a lot.
In another interesting discussion in Sketchbook Skool, Roz Stendahl showed her system of using pages of spiral bound watercolor paper held in a disc binder. She also uses single sheets and the keeps them in a small folder, without any binding. I’m thinking I could use that Sorta notebook to hold the sheets and then remove them to the folder to store.
While looking for such a small folder at a store, I came across this binding system. It does not require a binding machine to close the rings. They open and close like a zipper. You can easily add and remove pages. Much less expensive than a disk binding system. Still might need a punch, though.
Here is a video on how it works. The store only had 1/2 inch and 5/16 inch sizes. The largest is 5/8 inch, available on-line, but one has to buy a pack of 50. I could test the system with a 10 pack of 1/2 inch, which I can get in a local store.
I didn’t find a folder in the size I want. I have a couple other places to try. Gabi was saying on Saturday that he now does his sketches for the newspaper on large (11×14) single sheets of watercolor paper.
On another note, I zeroed in on this sketchbook in an art store because of the use of “USK”, which is how Urban Sketchers shortens the name of the organization. I sent the image to a Board member, who indicated they were aware the company is selling them. They were originally a give-away at the last USK symposium. There is no other imprint or logo on the book itself. Urban Sketchers also doesn’t have a trademark for USK.