I've tried many times to work in a sketchbook, and I've bought some really nicely bound ones, but I still do most of my comics on loose bits of Bristol board. I'd love to have the kind of personal chapter books you describe, with all my sketches and personal stuff. I'll keep trying.
I think a lot of it is because of my lifestyle. I'm always drawing in it at work or on the way to and from work... it's just a compulsion now. Also, drawing on bristol makes me much more precious with the drawings... which for the kind of comics I do in my sketchbook I want them to be anything but precious. Loose. from the cuff. It's a nice little mental trick to speed me up, really :)
See, I'm the opposite. I want my sketchbooks to be all beautiful and meaningful because the pages are bound in it so, in my mind, they're permanent. Loose bits of board are less precious to me because they're singular; if something's not working, I can toss it and move onto another piece. Plus, it's easier to give away my comics if they're on little scraps.I've tried to go for a looser approach to my comics but, recently, I kind of learned to strop fighting it and just go with what I'm good at. My art's very tight and precise and I have to learn to embrace it. It can be hard, though.
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