Finishing a sketchbook

I get a lot of satisfaction from finishing a sketchbook. And it's immediately followed by the fresh promise of a brand new sketchbook to be started!

 Last spread in my sketchbook. Next!

Last spread in my sketchbook. Next!

 

After decades of using various sketchbooks, I've fallen in love with the Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbooks. I use the 8 1/2 x 11 hardbound ones almost exclusively. Sometimes they do feel too big (I'm perpetually on the hunt for the right sketching bag that will accommodate such a large sketchbook but not verge on being a suitcase) but I just don't like the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size as much. I wish they made the Zeta in 9 x 6 but they don't (yet?).

Other than recommending the Stillman & Birn brand, I hesitate to recommend sizes. Sketchbooks are such a personal choice. A sketcher develops a relationship with their sketchbook that is personal, that has to fit their way of working, their personal preferences, art materials, subjects.... and that elusive art bag...