what would michelangelo do?

So I spent the afternoon looking for a new sketchbook…geeeeez, do you know how hard it is to find the ‘perfect’ sketchbook for all occasions? I’ve been searching for days on end, scouring shelves and shelves stacked with an endless variety of sketchbooks. You’d think I’d find something.

And it’s also kind of silly, considering I’ve already more than one sketchbook (although, they do serve different purposes):

  • one intimate bedside/dream journal for end-of-the-day reflections and rants and for quick morning sketches of ethereal dreams remembered upon waking
  • a medium-sized sketchbook for lesson planning/prepping for art classes and other random design projects
  • a perfectly-petite travel/pocket sketchbook to catch random creative spurts that stream out of my brain case. You can find it laying around in random places, like on the coffee table, on the kitchen table, in the office…(not the bathroom, though).
  • and then there’s the random loose-leaf sketches: perhaps on a scratch piece of paper; on a crinkled napkin, or two; or from a spiral-torn, colleged-ruled notebook. All, of course, loosely stuffed into any of the above-mentioned journals…
i need a new art journal

a snippet of random artwork, and time for a new art journal

So…I’m coming near the end of a couple of my sketchbooks, and I’m looking for an all-in-one. Something that can take a variety of mediums. If you can hear my thought process while shopping for one, you’d think that I am crazy…
“I like this one, but it’s not the right paper…”

“This one is nice, but the binding kind of sucks…”

“Oh, cute, and acid-free. Too bad I’m not into puppy dogs and ice cream…”

“Perfect paper, but only 25 sheets? and for $25 bucks?…”

“Look! Eco-friendly, but cheap spiral binding…”

“Oooo, perfect everything, but causes cancer and reproductive harm? Crap!”

“Too big…”

“Too small…”

I know, ridiculous, right? I mean, what did the great master artists do? They didn’t have the endless choices that we have today. I feel spoiled. I mean, can you imagine Michelangelo going through this process? (Now, that would be funny). When it comes to picking out a new sketchbook, do you have a favorite that you always go back to? Canson, Strathmore, Moleskine????? Feel free to share your thoughts…