For the record, I like Moleskines a great deal. They are great little notebooks for writing. They are relatively durable. They have a great marketing story (yes, folks its all marketing – Davinci did not use the same “moleskine” that you buy in Barnes & Nobels). And they look cool.
But their sketchbooks, suck. The paper is too smooth for any kind of wash and doesn’t take ink very well in my opinion. I’ve had limited success, but not much, with watercolor washes. High Resolution scans reveal that the ink doesn’t ad hear well to the paper. Finally, the paper is almost yellow. This leaves sketches looking a bit dingy in my opinion.
Now, the moleskine watercolor books are in a different class and I like them a lot. But when it comes down to sketching, I think I prefer the journals from Hand Book Journal Company – except that their paper is just a tad bit thin and I can see my lines from the reverse side.
Maybe I’ll never be happy with a sketchbook…