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The best sketchbooks
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+$Picking the best sketchbook is no easy task. It's an important decision and one that can have a huge impact on your work. For example, a sketchbook with heavier, thicker paper is more likely to be suitable for artists using watercolors and markers, whereas lighter paper is a better choice for dry media.

+$The 'tooth', or texture of the paper is also an important consideration. Paper with more tooth has more pits and grooves to hold pigment from charcoal and pastels, while smoother paper is more suited to your最好的铅笔+$and inks. A spiral-bound sketchbook will lie nice and flat while you work, whereas some hard-bound sketchbook may be tricker to use.

+$For sketching on-the-go, a smaller hard-cover sketchbook will serve you well, fitting into a bag or pocket and protecting your work, whereas large-format sketchbooks will give you more space and freedom. With all that in mind, here's our pick of the best sketchbooks to make you a better artist – however you like to work.

Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbook

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+$01. Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbook

+$The best sketchbook overall is a great traveling companion

尺寸:+$5 X 8.25 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Hard-bound, Side, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:240 |+$Paper Weight:+$121lb

+$Thick, Robust Paper
+$Convenient For Carrying
+$Not suitable for watercolors
+$Alcohol markers may bleed

+$The Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbook is ideal for sketching on the move, and wins our vote for best sketchbook overall. This is the larger of the two sizes, giving you plenty of room to work, but it's still convenient for carrying thanks to its elastic closure, which keeps it neat in a bag, and rounded corners that won't become bent. Its ivory-colored paper is quite smooth, but with enough tooth for most dry media. With 240 pages, you won't need to worry about filling it up too quickly, but the price is so reasonable that it wouldn't matter if you did.

Leda Art Supply Premium Sketchbook

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+$02. Leda Art Supply Premium Sketchbook

+$The best sketchbook for beginners is perfect for practising

尺寸:+$7x10 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Hard-bound, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:160 |+$Paper Weight:+$81lb

+$Hard bound, but lies flat
+$Pages Easily Removed
+$Cover Is Flexible
+$Doesn't carry markers well

+$If you're new to sketching, this superb all-rounder will serve you well as you learn and progress, and is inexpensive enough to use for everyday practising, wherever you are. The Leda Art Supply Premium Sketchbook is a little smaller than A4 size, enabling it to fit neatly into most folders and bags. Its cover is waterproof to protect your work on the move, though it's worth noting that it's flexible, so you'll need a hard surface to support it. Despite being thread-bound, it lies just as flat as a spiral-bound notebook, and its cream-colored pages have micro-perforations for easy removal.

Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad

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+$03. Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad

+$The best sketchbook for professional artists is a delight to use

尺寸:+$9 X 12 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Spiral-bound, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:+$50 |+$Paper Weight:+$60lb

+$Smooth, Creamy Paper
+$Variety Of Sizes
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+$Relatively Few Pages

+$Strathmore's specialist papers are made with specific uses in mind, paying careful attention to color, absorbency, weight and texture. For professional artists, the Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad is one of the best sketchbooks around, with a fine tooth that carries graphite, coloured pencils and pastels well. This is the smallest pad, but it comes in a wide range of sizes (all the way up to 18 x 24 inches) if you need more space to work. This top quality general purpose pad is ideal for structural sketches, though the price per sheet means it's probably a little too expensive for practising.

Canson Artist Series Watercolor Pad

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+$04. Canson Artist Series Watercolor Pad

+$The best sketchbook for watercolor won't ripple or buckle

尺寸:+$5.5 X 8.5 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Spiral-bound, Side, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:+$20 |+$Paper Weight:+$140lb

+$Thick, Robust Paper
+$No Bleeding
+$Expensive Per Page
+$Fairly Small Sheets

+$Mixed-media pads can be useful, but they rarely perform as well as pads designed for specific tasks. The Canson Artist Series Watercolor Pad is made to made to withstand repeated washes. Its thick paper won't ripple of deform as it dries, and there'll be no bleeding. Each page is perforated, but Canson has factored that into the size, so you won't lose an inch of paper when you tear a page out, as you do with many similar pads. This sketchbook works out quite pricey per page, but so thoughtfully designed, we think it's well worth the extra outlay.

Canson XL Marker Paper Pad

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+$05. Canson XL Marker Paper Pad

+$The best sketchbook for markers makes for easy tracing

尺寸:+$9 X 12 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Hard-bound, Top, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:+$100 |+$Paper Weight/type:+$18lb

+$No Bleeding
+$Smooth Paper
+$Paper can crease easily
+$Sheets may come loose

+$Another excellent wet media sketchbook from Canson, the Canson XL Marker Paper Pad provides 100 pages of thin, slightly translucent paper that's quite unusual, but works well for sketching and tracing. The surface is smooth with little in the way of tooth, so you won't need to worry about your markers snagging, and the ink won't bleed through to the next page. The translucent paper means you'll be able to see your sketches on the reverse, so you won't be able to sketch on both sides, but there are enough sheets for this not to be an issue.

Strathmore 400 Series Toned Tan Pad

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+$06. Strathmore 400 Series Toned Tan Pad

+$The best toned sketchbook will help you master values

尺寸:+$9 X 12 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Spiral-bound, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:+$50 |+$Paper Weight:+$80lb

+$Smooth, warm toned paper
+$Lies flat in use
+$Rather Costly
+$Not Many Pages

+$Toned sketchbooks are ideal for learning to use values, encouraging you to use a whole range and helping you achieve more realistic results. Strathmore also offers a gray toned pad, but we've picked the Strathmore 400 Series Toned Tan Pad as the best sketchbook because its warm colour lends life to portrait sketches. The paper's smooth texture works particularly well with coloured pencils and graphite, though it carries all dry media well. If you've not used toned paper before then you might prefer a less costly pad at first, but Strathmore's paper is a joy to use once you're confident.

Canson Artist Series Universal Sketch Book

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+$07. Canson Artist Series Universal Sketch Pad

+$The best large-format sketchbook

尺寸:+$18 X 24 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Wire-bound, Side, Landscape |+$No Of Pages:+$35 |+$Paper Weight:+$65lb

+$Lots of room to work
+$Pages easy to remove
+$Paper is thinner than most
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+$Many sketchbooks are roughly A4-sized, but there's no need to confine your work to such small spaces. This version of the Canson Artist Series Universal Sketch Pad is two feet long, giving you space to draw freely. Its paper doesn't have much tooth, so it's best for use with pencils and charcoal. The spiral binding lets it lie flat as you work, the hard cover provides protection and support, and each page is easy to remove for storage in a portfolio. Keep an eye out for multipacks of Canson sketchbooks, as these are often a good way to stock up.

Pentalic Wire-Bound Sketch Book

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+$08. Pentalic Wire-Bound Sketch Book

+$The best pocket sketchbook is small but extra tough

尺寸:+$4 X 6 Inches |+$Book Layout:+$Spiral-bound, Side, Portrait |+$No Of Pages:+$80 |+$Paper Weight:+$70lb

+$Robust cover and binding
+$Affordably Priced
+$No Page Perforations
+$Markers will bleed through

+$At the other end of the scale, we have the neat little Pentalic Wire-Bound Sketch Book, which is small enough to fit in a pocket, and tough enough to survive some rough treatment. Its hard cover prevents damage from everyday knocks and bumps, and its double wire spiral bounding resists bending. There are no perforations for tearing out pages, so this is better for exercises and rough work than pieces you want to keep in a portfolio. That's fine by us, though, and its affordable price means we've no reservations about filling it. One of the best sketchbooks for any artist on the move.

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