Each artist has their own style of doing things. As an artist, the materials you use for your work have an influence on the quality of your work. That being said, if you prefer working on sketchbooks, it is important that you get the best quality that the market has to offer.

Sketchbooks made with heavier, thicker material are more likely to do better with watercolors than their lighter counterparts.

Buying a sketchbook should mostly be influenced by your needs. Whether you are just starting out or you are an established professional. What serves you best should be your first consideration.

Medium

The medium is the tools that the artist uses on the sketchbook, there are dry and wet mediums, examples of the dry medium are, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite pencil, examples of wet media include paint, drawing pen, marker brush pen. Wet media requires thick, heavier paper while dry medium does well on most types of paper.

The medium you plan on using will determine the best choice of sketchbook for your work.

Binding and cover

 Binding and cover determine a sketchbook’s durability. In order to be able to tear out pages neatly, most sketchbooks are put together with glue. The use of thread and glue-bound sketchbooks is another popular choice. In this type of sketchbook, the paper is sewn into paper sets called signatures and then stuck to a cover.

Twin ring bindings or spirals are preferred because they lay flat when you are working and do not require to be broken in. If you like tearing out pages after working then perforated page sketchbooks would be perfect for you.

1. Moleskin art collection sketch book

This is the best sketchbook designed for working while you are on the move. The Moleskin art collection sketchbook comes in two sizes. It has an elastic closure that protects it from bending and tearing. It is not good for watercolors and is meant to work with dry media.

Pros

  • Easy to carry
  • Thick paper

Cons

  • Not for watercolors.
  • Colors with alcohol bleed.

2. Strathmore 400 series sketchbook

This is one of the smaller sized best sketchbooks but is available in a variety of sizes. It is a bit on the higher side and is therefore meant for a professional. It has a smooth creamy paper that has been made to handle color and absorbency well.

Pros 

  • Lies flat
  • Smooth toned pages

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Few pages

3. Leda art supply premium sketchbook

This is one of the best sketchbooks designed for newbies. It is inexpensive enough to practice on, it has a waterproof cover, and it is smaller than A4 size makes it ideal to carry around with almost any kind of bag. It is thread bound and has micro-perforations for easy page removal.

Pros 

  • Lies flat
  • Smooth toned pages

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Few pages

4. Pentallic wire-bound sketchbook

This sketchbook is small enough to fit in a pocket. It is very tough as well and can withstand t mishandling.it is equipped with a double wire spiral bounding that does not bend easily.

Its pages do not tear out so the work you do will be for keeping. It comes with a reasonable price tag and because of its durability, it is a great buy.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great cover and binding

Cons

  • Markers bleed through
  • No page perforations

5. Canson XL marker paper pad

It has a page count of 100 pages, its paper is very thin and almost translucent. It is great for tracing and sketching. Its smooth paper prevents ink from bleeding into the underlying page.

Its almost translucent pages allow you see your sketches in reverse, so you can only use one side of the page.it is a good wet media sketchbook.

Pros

  • Smooth paper
  • No bleeding

Cons

  • Paper creases
  • Loose papers

Conclusion

Whether you are a professional creating a profile or an armature just trying to practice the variety of sketchbooks available on the market is staggering. Just like with any other purchase, your budget will eventually determine what you end up buying. The rate at which you use them up is a determinant in making your choice since each time you are done with one you have to purchase a new one.

It is also important to note that how and where you work is important in making your choice. If you are on the move most of the time, you might want to consider a sketchbook with a hardcover, you cannot get much support for instance on a moving train.