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bottleman

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on: November 11, 2010, 09:59:51 PM
Sketchbooks of course come in a variety of sizes, papers, binding methods, and so forth.  One type that I have, until recently, under appreciated is the small, pocked sized (about 3 by 5") sketchbook.

Too often I find that drawing, and painting as well, only occur at set times & places; in other words, when you have time to set up and work.  An ultra portable sketchbook allows for quick drawings in all kinds of places, such as waiting in car, during TV commercials,  lunch break, and so forth.  Also great for notes, quotes, and ideas you come across during the day; allow your creativity to be part of your entire day.

If you have room in your pockets for a cell phone, mp3 player, ect. you have room for a sketchbook  8)


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Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 10:35:18 PM
 8) Cool idea Bottleman.  I carry one with my laptop.  I use it mostly for taking notes, but I am starting to "doodle" notans and ideas for paintings.
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Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 10:37:13 PM
I also carry my camera or at a minimum my cell phone for taking pictures of objects, sunsets, people, shapes, etc. or anything that has potential for being art.
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Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 11:01:22 PM
That's a very good point Kelley; photos are a great source for all types of visual work.  I don't have a cell phone, and often wish my digital camera was just a bit more compact.  I believe some touch screen phones and mp3 players have downloadable software that allows you to digitally sketch.  Have you, or anyone else here, tried one?


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Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 02:23:58 AM
I usually carry a 5.5"x8.5" sketchbook in my backpack. I have never seen a smaller one down here...perhaps I could get one sawn in half  :think:
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Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 02:26:34 AM
an iPad would be great for sketching on


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Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 03:51:30 AM
I tried sketching once on the computer.... :2funny: almost died laughing  :2funny:  I think I did a better job in my 'younger' years with an etch-a-sketch!

Is anyone young enough to remember those?
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Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 03:54:22 AM
Sketching on the go! Thanks for the advice.


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Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 07:25:11 AM
Yes Val I remember etch a sketch.  In fact, now there's an app for that for my touchscreen Android phone.  Retro-technology.  "The more things change, the more they remain the same." - French novelist Alphonse Karr
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Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 01:28:44 PM
He was absolutely right!
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Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 10:06:25 PM
I've got a sketchbook that's 3 by 4.25".  Admittedly, that might be too small.  An iPad would probably be the best portable digital sketching tool.

Val, when you tried sketching on the computer, was it with the mouse, track pad, or one of those pen & tablet devices?  I've tried the last one, and although interesting, can't picture myself trading in pen & paper for digital media.


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Reply #11 on: November 13, 2010, 03:11:37 AM
Hello Bottleman...Tried using the mouse first, also had a go with the pen & tablet type. This is one area I like my old wood and lead pencil! I certainly couldn't use my trusty kneadable eraser for effect! Guess I'm doomed to be old fashioned  :clap:
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Reply #12 on: November 13, 2010, 07:51:23 AM
My daughter is tremendously better at 'digital' art than I am. Small wonder she wasn't born with a mouse in her hand. :2funny:  I am with you Val, give me something I can touch, handle and feel that I am manipulating.  Something my fingers, hands, wrists, and arms can control and eyes can connect with instead of being frustrated with hitting "delete" instead of "save."
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Reply #13 on: November 13, 2010, 11:35:26 AM
I can't always carry a sketchbook with me but I have something else - I have, almost permanently, clipped on my belt a small Canon Digital camcorder that can either record video or individual photos. The photos are not that high quality but more than good enough for painting from.

The advantage from this system is that you can bring back, at any time you choose, the sights and sounds of the picture you want to draw or paint, even years after the fact. Much different from just using an ordinary photograph.
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Reply #14 on: November 13, 2010, 11:50:12 AM
What an interesting idea Dennis. I always have my camera, which does video as well, just never really thought to us that instead of a still. Another new avenue to stroll down. Brilliant!  :smart:  :clap:
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