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A true artist never goes anywhere without a sketchbook by their side, and OnBuy are happy to help fulfill this creative pursuit. You can choose between dozens of different sketch pads from famous art supplies. Jot down ideas and inspiration in classic plain paper pad, or choose one of the specialised sketchbooks to take your artistry to the next level!

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re attending art school, taking the odd class as a hobby, or just love scribbling down doodles, if you ever pick up an artist’s pencil, you’ll never want to go anywhere without a sketchbook. Giving you the ability to draw on the go and quickly set ideas down wherever you are, sketchbooks are absolutely essential. With plenty of options to pick from in this category, you can be sure that the sketchbooks you can purchase from our verified sellers will serve you well.

The Trusty plain sketchbook

The kind of sketch pads you should be looking at will depend on your intended purpose and your medium of choice. If you want a simple sketchbook to quickly render scenes, take notes or to use as an aide-mémoire for future projects, then a standard notepad will more than fit the bill. You’ll find plenty of these plain sketchbooks from famous art supply brands among our virtual shelves. 

These sketch pads are created high quality 180 gsm paper that will resist tears from newly sharpened pencils and blotches from ink pens. Sketch pads bound with spiral arms are common. These arms allow you to quickly flip through the book, and their lack of page guttering (the area where the page disappears into the binding) allows you to use the whole page. Some artists find that spiral arm sketchbooks are too easily damaged though, but don’t worry, you’ll also find some sturdy softback and hardback bound sketch pads here as well. 

Something else you’ll want to consider is size. Just like your notebook from school, most plain sketchbooks are measured in the ‘A’ format, with A4 and A5 sketch pads being very common. You’ll also find the larger A3 format readily in this category, and you may even stumble across the gargantuan A2 format, which measures over half a metre long. 

Specialised artists sketchbooks

What we’ve described so far works for standard pen and pencil illustration, but what if you’re looking for a sketchbook that can handle other artistic mediums? Look closely at our selection and you’ll find plenty of specialised sketchbooks. 

One example is toned sketchbooks. Rather than using standard white paper, toned sketchbooks are filled with paper that’s coloured a slightly darker tone - tan and grey are popular colours. This toned paper emphasises both colour and shading to add extra dimension to your drawings. They’re particularly good for coloured pencils and detailed graphite illustrations.

Watercolour paints are one of the most popular and versatile tools in an artist’s repertoire, so it makes sense that there would be artist’s sketch pads that cater to this medium exclusively. Our range of watercolour pads use extra thick paper that absorbs every dab of your brush without falling apart, and are normally in landscape orientation, perfect for capturing vistas.

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