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Moleskine was the book of choice for Hemmingway so I go with it for most things be it a small pocket notebook or in this case a large sketchbook. I have to say, as a sketch book, I was a little disappointed and I would probably look to other brands.
The main problem is the paper. It is of a good weight but it is just not versatile enough for all sketch book needs given the almost glossy finish of the paper and how smooth it is. This is just not workable for anything beyond pen or pencil as there is just no texture to the paper.
At about 100 pages per book it is also incredibly overpriced for what you get. It does come beautifully bound with an elastic strap keeping it shut and once complete, looks lovely on a shelf, etc... I don't think this justifies the price though, especially given the quality of the paper. I would look elsewhere.
The classic pocket sized Moleskine sketchbook of Matisse and the historic avantgarde is ... more
now available in red. It is ideal for drawings (pencil or charcoals), water-colours and temperas. It contains 80 pages of top quality white paper. Paper `weight` 250 gsm. It also contains elastic enclosure, an information card detailing Moleskine`s history and is thread bound.
The large Moleskine sketch book, now available in red, includes much more space for ... more
drawings pencil, charcoals and temperas. 100 pages of top-quality white paper. Paper `weight` of 250 gsm. Also includes an elastic enclosure, is thread bound, an expandable inner pocket and an information card detailing the history of Moleskine.