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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?


Question

What makes Moleskine so frequently cited as the go-to sketchbook for artists.

StackExchange offered us Moleskine notebooks (though I still never got mine!). There's countless pages on the web dedicated to Moleskine drawings.

What qualities make the Moleskine the most highly sought after sketchbook and at what point should a person start purchasing them? For example, should a day 1 illustrator invest in them? If you're only sketching with pencil will you see the benefits or not until you start exploring inks and colors?

2016/08/02
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8/2/2016 2:06:00 PM

Accepted Answer

In my opinion Moleskine are more looks and brand than quality. Not that I think they are bad, I personally like them but I've had better quality as well.

I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing though, as 'pretty things' help me get inspired. I would grab my beloved, nice looking notebook much quicker than an old drab. Next to this I also like that where I live they are quite widely available, even most bookstores sell them.

I don't think the paper feels any better than the average decent notebook when I'm sketching with pencils. I don't have much experience with markers or paint though.

If you don't care about looks or brands however, feel free to buy anything else.

Nobody needs a Moleskine.

2016/08/02
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8/2/2016 2:36:00 PM