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 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!