On a whim (and using a 50% off coupon) I bought a Canson sketchbook at Aaron Brothers with special binding that makes it open fully flat and a magnetic closure. I've been very happy with it so far. The pages are thick enough that I can draw with ink on both sides without fear of bleed through. It also fits nicely in my purse with the Moleskine so I can now draw whatever I want wherever I am when the mood hits me.
That said, I thought it would be fun to put the entire sketchbook online to share. I'm going to create a new tag called "CLD sketchbook" (CLD is short for "Canson-Life Drawing") for this work and I'll also number the pages so it'll be easy to keep track of my progress from start-to-finish.
Up above is page number one! I find the first page in a sketchbook to be the hardest to draw. Its the one that will be looked at most often and in a way the success or non-success of the sketches can act as an omen for the rest of the book. As I was nervously pondering what to draw my kitty poo jumped on the bed next to me and started to pose like the amazing art cat he is. I instantly grabbed my pens to capture his feline magnificence and WHAMO! before I knew it page one was done! I used a Pentel Pocket Brush pen, Zebra sign pen, Tombo marker, and Pigma Pen 05.