I have three or four sketchbooks going at the moment, including this new one from Ranger. It is similar to a Moleskine, but has thicker paper, and a sturdy Kraft paper cover with a button-and-string-closure pocket on the inside front flap.
Although I have a few "Inky 500" sketches to go, I'm also going ahead and combining what I love best about the inky brush approach with other ways of drawing. The first spread in the new sketchbook is an attempt to marry the really loose expressive mark of the brush with a somewhat tighter and more regular mark of a micron pen.
Partly inspired by my previous village house work and partly by Lisa Congdon's newest video tutorial on CreativeBug, here I layered pen over watercolor, which is always fun to do.
I didn't know until I had completed this page that I was partly evoking one of the lighthouses we saw in Maine this summer. To reach it, we had to walk along for about half a mile on a narrow boardwalk over a rocky jetty. Mostly obscured is a large Nessie in the mid-ground, covered by tissue and gesso. Nessie often shows up in my drawings, but here she was stealing focus from the bits I liked best (the music paper collage).