I’m using a Leuchtturm sketchbook at the moment. My last 2 sketchbooks have been Moleskine watercolour pads but trying to use watercolours in the Leuchtturm has been a bit tricky.
The paper is nice and thick (180g/m²) so ink and paint tend not to show through the other side of the page. That is unless, like me, you slosh a lot of water around on the page and then there can be a tiny bit of seepage but nothing major.
The bigger problem I’ve had is that the paint dries quite quickly so brush strokes can be visible where you don’t want them to be and it makes it difficult to blend colours on the page. And of course the paper wrinkles a bit as it dries too but then I think that’s to be expected.
Because of this I decided to practise a bit more with coloured pencils instead of watercolours and they work really nice on the smooth, white paper in the Leuchtturm book. So I think I’ll use this sketchbook mostly with pencil and coloured pencils and maybe some pen and ink drawings because it’s really not designed for watercolour paints. Plus it means I get to play around with other media for a change.
This drawing is of my living room. It’s not strictly an observational drawing though, so if you did happen to stare through the keyhole of my front door this isn’t quite the view you would get (in case you were thinking of doing that)!
I bought a copy of Andrea Joseph‘s book recently, which arrived last week. It inspired me to have a go at drawing from imagination and I also fancied learning how to draw a ‘fish-eye’ view too so that was interesting. I don’t think the perspective is perfect but it’s good enough.
I’m still trying to work out how anyone would manage to sit on my sofa if the coffee table was as close to it as I’ve drawn it here.