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    Which paper medium do you recommend for outdoor sketching?

    For indoor sketching on my desk, I just use sheets of A3 papers. I might buy an angled tablet for drawing on A3 papers at an optimal angle.

    For outdoor sketching, I can just put a folded A4 paper in my wallet with pens in my pockets and draw outside. The drawing surface can be any flat surface in my surroundings.
    Some people just use a hard sketchbook as a drawing surface. However, a sketchbook seems substantially more expensive than just sheets of A4 papers.
    Do you know affordable options for sketchbook? Or, are there better paper drawing platforms for outdoor sketching?


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    you have an internet connection but you can't afford a sketchbook? Change your priorities.

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    Buy a pack of the cheapest paper you can find, and bind a stack of paper to a sturdy sheet of cardboard using fold-back clips. When it comes to sketching paper, quantity is more important than quality.
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    Seconds eezacque's advice. Unless you're da Vinci it's unlikely the sketches will become historical artifacts, so you don't have to worry about archival quality. Best sketches I've done were on legal pad paper.

    I can't remember the last time I sketched or painted outside. . . where I live only has two seasons: winter and mosquito.
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    If you have bought A3 pad you got that stiff cardboard on back, so use that but paper is super cheap if you don't worry about quality like copy paper, artists have been using napkins to sketch. Get creative with your materials if money is problem , you could even use toilet paper , old bills, envelopes old crappy books etc
    Quote Originally Posted by xtal View Post
    Best sketches I've done were on legal pad paper.
    I think its have to do with having no pressure losing expensive paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonec View Post
    I think its have to do with having no pressure losing expensive paper
    And having all those convenient lines so I can see where things have gone pear-shaped.
    "No one escapes unhappiness."

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtal View Post
    And having all those convenient lines so I can see where things have gone pear-shaped.
    Some girls are born that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque View Post
    Some girls are born that way.
    And some guys look like one http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/20...ature-tip.html

    Quote Originally Posted by xtal View Post
    And having all those convenient lines so I can see where things have gone pear-shaped.
    Those lines could be free horizon lines as well

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    Don't forget to bring an inexpensive clipboard for your flat surface. Heck - splurge and get one that can contain your tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque View Post
    Some girls are born that way.
    LOL are you spying on me?
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    I use very cheap paper (chinese sketchbook) and they work just good, better than copy paper. They're big and hardcover. They have very nice texture for pencil and fountain pen (The tools i use for sketching). I fill sketchbooks like crazy so using quality paper for me is a waste. I buy expensive paper only for longer studies.
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    I tend to buy 25 cent notebooks at Walmart when they go on sale. That's 75 pages and I use front and back. Of course I do occasionally get nice materials, but tend to get hung up with not wanting to waste them for when I need to do that one perfect drawing that inevitably never comes.
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    So far, the recommendations come in three categories.

    * cheap papers on a clipboard (@eezaque wrote how to make a clipboard out of foldback clip, cardboard, and paper.)
    * cheap sketch books
    * legal pad

    I think that's it. I will just have to compare prices and evaluate my options through direct experience.

    Update: I just compared the prices of A4 paper and A4 sketchbook. An A4 sketchbook is almost 10 times as expensive per sheet of paper as A4 papers. I guess I will go with the clipboard option.
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