Sketching at the Dentist’s

January 9, 2019
People around me at the dentist’s office. Small Hahnemühle Watercolor Journal. Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB and watercolor.

There’s no excuse not to have a sketchbook with you at all times. 

I’ve made sketchbooks as small as 2 x 4 inches. They fit nicely into a pocket if you aren’t carrying a purse or bag.

And now so many commercially bound books are available in small sizes, including the Hahnemühle Watercolor Book, which I use in the 4.1 x 5.8 inch size. 

I used a portrait orientation book (my preferred space) to make sketches on this trip to the dentist. I observed people sitting 30 feet away from me, and they didn’t pay any attention to me.

If you aren’t familiar with this sketchbook, which also comes in landscape orientation, and comes in several sizes, then you can check out my three part review of the paper and the book construction in these links:

Part One of my review.

Part Two of my review.

Part Three of my review. This last part contains some of my favorite pieces to date on this book’s paper.

I just started a new one of these small books at the beginning of January. I carry it everywhere with me in my large fanny pack. 

Add your favorite pen, a Niji water brush, and a small palette of watercolors and you are good to go.

Begin the new year by giving yourself every opportunity to take advantage of, well, every opportunity to sketch!

Something Holds You Back From Drawing People in Public?

Not convinced that you can draw people in public? Of course you can. Do you feel you shouldn’t for some ethical reason? Well if that’s the case read this post on the ethics, morality, and possibilities of drawing live subjects in public if you want to know how I view it.

I’ve been doing it all my life. That should also tell you how I view it.

Note: By the way, I’m not connected to Hahnemühle financially. There are lots of companies that make small pocket-sized sketchbooks—find your favorite and always have it near you. That’s the point. If you have a sketchbook that works for you and is portable you’ll always have it with you, no excuses!

    • Tyanne
    • January 9, 2019

    I have a little 4” square pamphlet book in my purse for this purpose. Made from scraps after making larger sized books

    1. Reply

      I love that you were able to make a small book from your pamphlet scraps. I’m so glad to hear this!

    • Sue Knause
    • January 9, 2019

    Oh I LOVE that Hahnemule that we got at SketchKon and I ordered 2 more from Wet Paint! I carry mine in my coat pocket – very handy especially for the winter while we wear coats. I also like the Leda pocket book it is even smaller and is ideal for pen and ink and light wash. I know you aren’t the biggest fan but oddly enough, next to Hahnemule it’s my favorite.

    1. Reply

      I’m trying to remember which one the Leda is. I’ll have to see if I’ve reviewed it! (I seem to recall the logo and some paper issues for the way I work.) Thanks for the smile today Sue! Enjoy your Hahnemühle, and keep using the Leda because it’s working for you.

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