I’ve been using pocket sketchbooks* for years. I like knowing that I can draw whenever I want, as the palm-sized sketchbooks fit easily in every purse I own, or even actual pockets. Also, although this is probably just me, I feel less like I have to make anything like complete, finished drawings in these small books. Other people do these beautiful tightly rendered tiny sketchbook drawings, but that’s not what I use this format for.
Usually it’s just a thought.
Or I have a moment.
Or I’ve been sitting in an airport for hours and have completely exhausted any entertainment that might be derived from my phone.
I find it a relaxing way to draw, and you can get ones made out of cool materials like very thin sheets of wood.
And while you can probably tell that one of my sketchbooks recently suffered some water damage, overall I’ve found they hold up pretty well regardless of brand.
*Disclaimer: I know a lot of artists who don’t keep sketchbooks. Not enjoying sketching doesn’t take away your artist cred.
All images are by Celia Yost.