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Tiny Sketchbooks

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.

And when I say thought, I mean horrible joke.

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 have so, so many of these drawings. Turns out I draw at airports quite a bit.

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.

I don’t know why my brain has a default setting that’s “draw evil bird”, but I’ve stopped fighting it.

*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.

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Celia Yost

Celia Yost is a graphic artist and painter by both training and trade. She's also prone to ill-advised craft projects and yelling about politics.

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