I found these great sketchbooks in an MPH bookstore. Although I was looking for something A5 sized, the square sketchbook was just too cute to resist, so I bought them both. As you can see, they’re reasonably priced: MYR 16 for the square and MYR 20 for the A5. (Look at the numbers above the bar code.) Plus, they’re completely eco-friendly and made in Malaysia! How’s that – saving the environment *cough* *becauseicaresomuch* *cough* and supporting the local industry all in a single purchase.
However, the best part about these books is the binding…
I’m partial to hardcover, hardbound sketchbooks, as contrasted from spiral-bound sketchbooks. There’s a certain reassuring solidness about hardcovers that spiral-bounds just can’t provide. A solid comfort, if you will. However, the problem with hardcovers is that the pages do not lie completely flat when opened. This makes it difficult for me to scan/photocopy my sketches. But these new sketchbooks solve all that.
By reducing the spine to the basic stitching, the pages can now lie completely flat in the scanner. Thus, I can now draw full, two-page spreads without being bothered by any distortions.