These are the first two sketchbooks that I’ve filled since I started drawing regularly again at the beginning of last year.

The top one was my first. Before this one I just drew on pieces of paper but I moved on to a sketchbook pretty quickly. This was the book that I used to test my commitment to drawing. It’s a plain paged journal from Paperchase that I had lying around at home. It had a few scribbles in it so I cut out the first few pages and started drawing in it.

All the drawings in that book were done using the pens I mentioned back when I’d just started this sketchbook. There’s no colouring in because the pens weren’t waterproof and I was colouring in my drawings my scanning them and colouring them electronically.

When I started Drawing August last year I started my first Moleskine sketchbook, the bottom one in this picture. It’s an A5 watercolour sketchbook but even so, the majority of the drawings in it are pen and ink, using Copic Multiliner pens. Towards the end of that book I started using watercolour paints and I went back to fill the final few pages in this book with my tiny drawings for this year’s Drawing August.

I’m now almost at the end of my third sketchbook, another Moleskine watercolour book but this one is full of mostly coloured drawings, some experiments with paint and a few mementos that I stuck in after my trip to New York in April. Most but not all, of the drawings in there are from the two semesters of Sketchbook Skool that I’ve taken part in.

At the same time I keep doing an occasional drawing in a Daler Rowney sketchbook that I’ve so far used just for ballpoint pen drawings. It’s not my favourite book to use because the paper’s quite thin but I’ll persevere with it.

It’s interesting looking back at how many drawings I’ve done in these books. I want to do lots more and I hope I can fill more than 2 sketchbooks over the coming year but we’ll see. It’s also interesting to look back and see how my drawing has progressed and changed. I’m a bit embarrassed by some of the ones in that first book but I know they have value because they sort of map my progress for me as I keep up with my drawing habit.