Wow. It's been, like... four years since I posted in this thread. I decided to start drawing again, and so, I had to acquire some new resources. My weapons of choice: Pentel Forte Pro II automatic drafting pencils firing lead ammunition in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9mm calibers. My target is a Strathmore Sketch 400-series wire-o side-bound sketchbook with 100 sheets of lightly textured 60-lb general purpose sketch paper that measure 8.5" x 5.5" total drawing area.
I can't think of any better way to start off a new sketchbook than with a drawing of a customized 1994 Peterbilt 379. Of course, it's not finished yet. I'll take a better picture or scan it when it's done.
To compliment this sketchbook, I've also got two more Strathmore sketchbooks. One is 400-series hardbound with 96 sheets of lightly textured 60-lb general purpose sketch paper measuring 8.5" x 5.5" drawing area. The other is 300-series wire-o top-bound with 100 sheets of lightly textured 50-lb general purpose sketch paper measuring 3.5" x 5" drawing area. I've also got a Daler-Rowney wire-o side-bound sketchbook that doubles as a journal measuring 10" x 7" drawing area. All of them are very nice, and I can't wait to fill them with drawings.