When I first started painting and experimenting with art a couple of years ago I did not have any idea what sketchbooks were. I thought that the people who drew in sketchbooks were just not able to purchase blocks of more expensive watercolor paper. When I finally realized the purpose of sketchbooks I became obsessed with them. Every time someone in a class mentioned the sketchbook they liked I would buy one. So I have a lot of sketchbooks but I am afraid to use them as I think I am not good enough and I do not want to ruin them.
So my favorite sketchbooks are the cheapest ones, Bienfang Mixed Media by Speedball. They are very inexpensive and they handle everything I have tried on them (except for wet in wet watercolor). I just love experimenting in them.
I also love my handmade sketchbooks. I have made a few and Lana Novko, aka Calico Brush, made me the most beautiful book (with the watercolor lemon).
Note: Gouache knight and castle are copied from the beautiful book Imagination a Forest.
Finally, I have my commercial sketchbooks. Someday I might feel more comfortable experimenting but right now I feel that I need to try to be perfect when I paint in these.
Copying Anna's projects while watching the videos helped me gain confidence in using copic markers before starting my final project.
For my final project I did a copic marker sketch of the carousel rhino at the San Diego Safari Park zoo. I did the rhino as I wanted to practice more blending with grays and I also love rhinos. I plan on sketching the red panda carousel animal next but he is hidden among other animals so he will be more difficult.