I got a new sketchbook which is basically perfect - Canson 14x17 for mixed media. After years of Moleskins, I needed something bigger, something with more sprawl. It's got great texture for pen and ink and even holds watercolor. The spiral binding makes it a great lap book. The downsides are that some markers bleed through the other side and it's so big it takes four scans and some tiling to piece together in PS(AUGH!).
Flip it over, and its the LEFT-HANDED SKETCHBOOK! In an effort to prepare for the day when I inevitably stick my right hand in the sink while the garbage disposal is running, I have started drawing lefty for a bit each day.
Here's a page from it.
Yes, my stepson can draw better than me.
That's Chomp from Super Mario Bros. (Extra Chain Chomp pictures added for context, not clarity.)
The funny thing is what my non-drawing hand does. Righty curdles and cramps with helplessness and frustration. It's sorta like trying to will the old geezer in front of you to drive faster from your own vehicle.
The rest of the time while show off Righty is drawing, good ole Lefty is as carefree and happy as can be, knowing Righty is taking care of business.
But honestly, it's a great warm-up and gives new perspective on the things I doodle subconsciously all the time. To all you other artists out there, I would give it a try. Actually, noticing improvement already. And hopefully one day, I will be as good as J-man. :)