When I start drawing, I always used the same sketchbooks, those from Winsor&Newton. They pleased me, but at the time doesn’t seem to be any others, at least here in Portugal. Now that the offer is enormous, the brand starts to produce their sketchbooks with lousy glue, turning impossible to open the books more then a few times. Instead of solving the problem, the “genius” from the W&N marketing department resolves to sell the sketchbooks rapped in plastic, hopping that we, a bunch of fools, don’t notice the defect in the selling shop. Result: I don’t know any drawers that still use the W&N sketchbooks. They don’t need the money, there at the W&N…!
These two drawings, that already show the spreads turning loose in the middle, are, unfortunately, the last drawings that I do in these sketchbooks. And I wish that W&N read this post.
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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