Here at ZenART, we understand the importance of artists developing a sketching habit. And we’re here to help you out and be a part of this essential and evolving creative process. Having the right sketching supplies is a good place to start. And what can be more fundamental than having a good sketchbook handy all the time? With the artist’s convenience in mind, our co-founder Ardak Kassenova reflected on her own needs as an artist in designing sleek, durable, and lightweight sketching products.
Our sketchbooks come in two cover design choices: Spotty Grey and Plain Grey. Both in a beautiful yet subtle slate grey color that’s perfectly complemented by the light spotty grey patterns on the paper’s edges.
Best Sketch Supply For Beginners and First Time Buyers
B6 Artist’s Sketchbook
For those looking to start off their sketching but don’t want to be overly pressured by having to fill up a larger working area, the B6 Artist’s Sketchbook is an awesome choice to start you off. At 5 X 7 inches, it’s just the right kind of small that you can easily cover with your creations. Plus making it very convenient to lug around with you wherever you go, making it so easy to keep up with your daily sketching goals. Being hand-stitched and with a supple cover, the spine easily lays flat at 180°, instantly doubling your drawing area for a full spread if you feel like it. Quality materials meet streamlined and well-thought-out designs at unbeatable prices. There’s no need to sacrifice the longevity of your sketches and drawings.
Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it won’t come with the useful bells and whistles. You’ll find that it comes with an elastic enclosure, a good-sized inner pocket, and two ribbons for marking your place for next time.
The B6 will go well with our Espresso Palette, a pocket watercolor paint set of 12 essential colors. It’s the perfect tiny package to go along with this small sketchbook.
Best Sketching Supplies For Experienced Buyers and Professionals
B5 Artist’s Sketchbook
Our B5 Artist’s Sketchbook is the perfect all-around sketchbook to have around. Containing 80 blank ivory-colored sheets measuring 7 X 10 inches, it’s just the right versatile size for an easy sketching experience whether at home or when you’re out and about. The paper is folded and hand-stitched, allowing it to be laid flat for a full spread use when the need for a bigger drawing area arises. With 120gsm thick acid-free paper, you won’t have to worry about the pages prematurely yellowing and turning brittle over time. The cover is made using engineered leather giving it a flexible yet hardy protection that’s also water-repellent. So, no need to fret too much over the changing weather conditions when sketching outdoors, your artworks will be well-protected.
It’s so lightweight that you can sketch standing and with one hand holding the sketchbook for long periods of time without feeling too much strain. You can literally sketch, draw, and do light-wash painting anytime, anywhere, and in any position. You’ll find a large inner pocket for keeping your extra paper and other loose pages you’d like to save. With the elastic closure to make sure they all stay in place, the pages won’t be flapping around or get bent when stashed in your bag while moving about. It’s the perfect travel companion for creatives who love to artistically document their jaunts and travels.
For those looking to go beyond the use of graphite pencils, charcoal, and various pens for sketching, we have the Fine Line detail paint brush set for you. Contains 12 detail synthetic brushes of various shapes with sizes ranging from 2 to 5/0 that you can use across a wide variety of media. From calligraphy to miniature painting and everything you can think of in between, these brushes make painting or filling in details such a breeze. With ergonomically designed handles for topnotch control, you can say goodbye to hand cramps.
Bring your brushes along or store them easily in the canvas roll-up case they come with, complete with a beautiful red bow for tying around and securing them in place. It also comes with an inner pocket with a velcro closure to store your other sketching and drawing implements in to help you stay organized especially when working outdoors or traveling.
The B5 and the Fine Line will go well with any of our compact travel watercolor paint sets - Allegro, Sereno, or Prezioso. Complete your sketching supplies with any one of them and easily add color to your creations even when on the go.