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Monday, November 26, 2012

Winsor&Newton, what a pity

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.


9 comments:

Rachel Sender said...

I suggest you contact them if you want them to know. http://www.winsornewton.com/

José Louro said...

Thanks Rachel. But i think they already know.

Nina Johansson said...

I understand you, José! I hate it when that happens, a sketchbook is totally useless if it falls apart.

José Louro said...

And its a pity because their paper is not bad for the watercolors. Thanks for your comment Nina. See you in Barcelona!

geraldo roberto da silva said...

Seu desenho é muito marcante e expressivo!

Phil B said...

In my judgement all commercial sketchbooks are complete junk- the paper is often completely useless for water/reworking (even in watercolor books) and the bindings, well, suck. They are good for rough sketching, but not drawing. I've found you can get a big fat great book with good paper for about $50 american- which seems like a lot but its worth it (depending on how you work). Ask for coptic bindings and inexpensive cover fabric or do it yourself. Worth it!

Almost all the drawings here: http://philblank.tumblr.com/ were done in handmade sketchbooks.

José Louro said...

Thanks Geraldo and Phil.

matthew_c said...

Funny Jose',
My large sketchbook just fell apart a few days ago. I knew it would...

Isabel said...

beautiful drawings even if the windsor and newton is lousy

 
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