I recently decided, if not to retire my small hand*book journal, then to reserve it for drawings in wax pastel and/or gel pen on pasted papers. The roughness and absorbency of the hand*book’s paper (relative to the Daler-Rowney I’m used to) and its size (a tad too narrow: I prefer postcard size) have made it a disappointing purchase, and though I’ve been quite productive in it, I won’t be opting for a hand*book again. Just personal preference.

These 2 pages, then, are the first in a new 4×6″ Daler-Rowney: an interior view of a local coffee shop (EDM Challenge #128), and a rapid sketch of my daughter among her toys.


I seem to have gone all sepia lately, but I can assure you it won’t last: I am too much a fool for colour!

* Admittedly, this is only tenuously related to the content of my post, but it’s something I learnt while browsing on the topic of sepia (the brown ink so named having traditionally come from cuttlefish), and it surprised me. Cuttlefish aren’t fish. They’re molluscs.

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