I recently finished my travel sketchbook.  I have different sketchbooks for notes and ideation, but this one I reserve for landscape studies.



I love looking at other artists’ sketchbooks; it’s a unique opportunity to see how people think outside of their more polished and finished work.




It took me a little while to figure out what worked best for me sketchbook-wise.  Since I enjoy working with ink wash and watercolor, I needed paper that could handle water, but still felt nice to draw on with pens and pencils.  I also wanted something that was portable and hardy, but not so big that I needed a backpack to contain it.  I finally settled on the 5.5” x 5.5” Handbooks.





While I was home visiting family, I hopped on my bike and explored my own backyard.  My  sketches from that day continue to inform my final illustrations.



Happy Sketching!

Ariel Silverstein

Inspiring books about keeping sketchbooks:

The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory


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