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« on: February 19, 2012 02:37:38 AM »


Hi all,

Just a quick question. When you use your sketchbook, do you draw on both sides of the paper or just one? I'm just curious. I tend to only draw on one side, but sometimes I think "Look at all that extra space I could be using." So yeah, do you use both sides or only one?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012 02:47:22 PM »


Hi all,

Just a quick question. When you use your sketchbook, do you draw on both sides of the paper or just one? I'm just curious. I tend to only draw on one side, but sometimes I think "Look at all that extra space I could be using." So yeah, do you use both sides or only one?

It depends on what kind of paper and media I'm using.  I have two sketchbooks, one watercolor and one drawing.  The watercolor is 140 lb Moleskine, so it's usable on both sides because nothing bleeds through and it lies flat.  The drawing paper is in a spiral, and if I'm making sketches with a mechanical pencil, I'll often use both sides because it's a hard lead that doesn't smear.  If I use something that smears, I leave the other side blank to absorb the smears.  I also do marker drawings, and those I use only one side because it bleeds through.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012 08:41:32 AM »

I mostly use my sketchbooks for, well, sketches and ideas. I'm right handed and drawing on the left side of a normal signature bound sketchbook is awkward, so a lot of times I'll use all the right sides of the book and then flip it over and go through it from the other direction so my previous drawings are upside down and I can draw on the right sides again. Does that make sense?
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012 10:05:39 AM »

I mostly use my sketchbooks for, well, sketches and ideas. I'm right handed and drawing on the left side of a normal signature bound sketchbook is awkward, so a lot of times I'll use all the right sides of the book and then flip it over and go through it from the other direction so my previous drawings are upside down and I can draw on the right sides again. Does that make sense?

I think so!  Sounds smart AND interesting.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012 07:38:55 AM »

I really prefer to use both sides, but I use a lot of markers, and some of them bleed through. I do like to use spiral-bound sketchbooks when I can, though... easier to make them lay flat (and also to remove pages that turn out badly).
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2012 10:35:13 PM »

it completely depends on what kind of medium I'm using. A lot of times I write on one side and draw on the other facing page, because I'm not as worried about ruining what I write as I am about what I draw. If the medium bleeds through I only use one side.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012 11:06:38 PM »

When my notebooks and sketchbooks have thin paper, I only use one side. Though I never know what side of the book I'm using so I can never be sure what side of the page I'm drawing on so going through them I'll have some drawings on the left and some on the right. But I've been using sketchbooks with really thick, cold press paper so I can use both sides now. Of course I tend to use sketchbooks out of order and keep them until there are no empty spaces left at all! When I get out my sketchbook I'm usually having to respond fast so I never know if my book is even right side up or not... going through my used sketchbooks is usually enough to give me vertigo. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2012 10:46:56 PM »

It's funny, every artist has a different way of using their sketchbooks, when I was younger I tended to try and make each page as "legitimate" as I could keeping one drawing per page and not using the backs, As I got older I liked watching my sketchbooks change and develop and personality as I added little things to all the empty space possible over time. So now I use every square inch of space, even in the case of bleed throughs and stuff I try to to work with it gesso over it or even make the bleed through a part of what I am drawing. However there are times when I am working on a series that I come up with a really nice sketch that I tear out and keep to frame for exhibition. I know that was a scattered answer, as artists our relationships with out sketchbooks are complicated!
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013 01:57:01 AM »

I really want to use every page so as to fill my sketchbook thoroughly, and keep it in use for a long time while being prolific but my sketches and paintings would all be compromised if I did that. My pens bleed through the pages, my watercolors buckle the page they're on, and sometimes I close the sketchbook while they're wet so the facing page gets paint on it. (I know watercolor paper wouldn't have these problems but if my sketchbook has 30 pages instead of 100 I will feel like it's for final versions of pieces) Also, I don't work very much in pencil but when I do the facing page gets printed with smudges.


In my current sketchbook I am gluing and taping inspiration pictures and daily life ephemera to the backs of pages, which is fun but bulks up the book a bit.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013 02:34:03 AM »

I always only use one page. Most of my drawings are just using pencils and I have had so many pictures ruined by accidentally drawing on both sides and ending up with two blurred pictures. Since a couple of art classes and that experience I have never used both sides again, except for occasionally placing pictures of what I am drawing on the other side of the page.
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2013 05:39:12 AM »

Well, I'm a fine art student and back in fine art high school I used to draw on both sides of the paper in my sketchbook.
Then there was an exhibiton coming up, my drawing teacher looked at my sketchbook and hit me on the head with it, asking me how I could've been so stupid..it's not exhibitable if the other side is showing through, and what to do when there are really good pictures on both sides?  Roll Eyes

So ever since this incident I only use one page..per page Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2013 08:11:18 AM »

No offense, but you should have hit your teacher back on the head with the sketchbook, and asked her why she didn't tell you to use only one drawing per page in the first place!  Angry
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2013 06:59:57 AM »

Ah, as far as I remember it didn't hurt at all, it was really just supposed to be a friendly reminder for me not to be stupid Cheesy He (the teacher) was totally right I think. (It was the first time he saw my sketchbook because the sketchbook thing was totally voluntary, I started to sketch by myself and he did choose a lot of my drawings for the exhibiton.)
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2013 10:30:58 AM »

I draw on both sides.  I developed the TERRIBLE habit of erasing thing out of my sketchbook that I didn't like or tearing out pages because I'm a bit of a perfectionist.  I was given a moleskin as a gift from a fellow illustrator and I decided I wasn't going to ruin it.  If I rip pages out it will fall apart and in order to eliminate the erasing, I ink in my lines. I take a bit longer on my sketches and so it has become a kind of drawing book more than a sketchbook, but I'm happy with it.  I also usually only have time to draw in it when I'm traveling so it has kind of become a travel book and I add notes about my travels.

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2013 08:53:14 AM »

I draw on both sides.  I developed the TERRIBLE habit of erasing thing out of my sketchbook that I didn't like or tearing out pages because I'm a bit of a perfectionist.  I was given a moleskin as a gift from a fellow illustrator and I decided I wasn't going to ruin it.  If I rip pages out it will fall apart and in order to eliminate the erasing, I ink in my lines. I take a bit longer on my sketches and so it has become a kind of drawing book more than a sketchbook, but I'm happy with it.  I also usually only have time to draw in it when I'm traveling so it has kind of become a travel book and I add notes about my travels.



I agree with your instructor. Also if there is a good drawing on a page that you would like to frame, there might be another good drawing on the other side of it which will then have to fall to obscurity. Right? I personally never use a sketch pad, never sketch for the heck of it and have no interest whatsoever in sketching anything UNLESS I am using it for background work. Weird right? An artist who doesn't like to sketch? And I absolutely hate painting which is even weirder because I am quite good at both. Just the way it is...
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