I use a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook and draw in watercolour pencil and/or Lamy Safari ink pen. I carry my sketchbook and pencils with me everywhere, drawing everyday. I use it for daily sketching as well as completing any online drawing challenges such as Everyday Matters , Illustration Friday, Virtual Paintout and anything else I feel like drawing.
I began using Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks in 2009 and am currently on my 23rd sketchbook. Previously I had lots of sketchbooks with many unfinished drawings. So the decision to move to the one sketchbook for just about everything was a huge turning point for me and works well. There is no pressure on myself for me to do a special drawing in a special book.
However there are times that I wish I did not draw on both sides of my sketchbook or had drawn on a separate piece of paper. There are a few instances when I can imagine the drawings as individual prints or drawings, BUT I never know until after they are completed. Sometimes the most casual drawings just turn out so well, and other planned drawings are great , but nothing extra-special.
For example, I was given a gift at Christmas of ingredients and a recipe, all beautifully presented. I sketched it before I cooked the biscuits and then drew the biscuits afterwards. I then had a thought that the drawing would have been a lovely "thanks you"card for the person who gave me the gift.
However, it is on the back of another drawing that captures another part of my Christmas as home with my nephew, which I would not want to part with
How does anyone else approach this dilemma of drawing on one sides or two..... One option would be to only draw on one side of the page, however seems to be an expensive option and a bit awkward in the book with lots of blank pages scattered through it.
I am not sure if there is a solution, but I wanted to share some current thoughts going through my mind.