I’m a lucky guy. Tina Koyama sent me one of her small sketchbooks. She makes these from light watercolor paper and endows them with creative covers. Now that I’ve used one, I know why all photos of her exhibit a big smile.
I’ve only done half a dozen sketches in this 4×6 book but it’s really fun to use and the paper holds up nicely to my pointy devices. It’s a single 5-sheet signature, providing 20, 4×6 sketch surfaces in a very small, light footprint.
My first use was to quickly sketch this odd metal sculpture. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to represent but I guess it represents it. No matter, it gave me a chance to scribble in the book and slop on a bit of watercolor.
And then it rained. It’s still acting like spring here and I was cloistered behind windows, limiting both my spirits and sketching subjects.
Across the street was this digger, so I drew it. I should have turned the book and drawn across the long dimension but I didn’t so this image is pretty small. Still, it was fun to let the Namiki Falcon wander around for a while.
This last sketch was done while I was out for a long walk. For some reason I was in the mood for a large scene when I walked through the park at Pointe de Lievre, so I plunked my butt on a picnic bench and quickly sketched this and used a waterbrush filled with dilute ink to shade it a bit. I deemed it a good use of 15 minutes.
I’m really enjoying Tina’s tiny sketchbook. I’m not sure she has convinced me to spend a lot of time making my own as I’d need to make a lot of them given the way I use small sketchbooks, but she’s nudged me a bit closer to the edge.
What a great review! Thank you, Larry! I’m really happy to hear you are getting good use of the sketchbooklet.
Yes, I’m enjoying it. I’m still reluctant to start making them myself, though. I also think I “need” cheaper paper to provide the devil may care way in which I use these small notebooks. The mental freedom to scribble, sometimes quite literally, is important in the context of my small notebook use. But your notebook would be a nice replacement for my small Moleskine watercolor book.
Cheers — Larry
P.S. Happy Canada Day!