Mini Review: Megabolt Sketchbook

8 05 2011

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I think I found out about the Megabolt Sketchbook through a post at PencilWrap. I’ll let the Megabolt Sketchbook sell itself, quoting Megabolt directly:

“When you buy a sketchbook, you’re not only getting one for yourself, you’re also giving one to a child in a hospital. But we’re not stopping there. Every sketchbook is individually numbered which will allow you to see exactly whom you are giving the book to. Once the child has completed his or her book, their artwork will be uploaded onto Megabolt.org where you will be able to interactively flip through the pages of the book.”

The specs: 3.5 x 5 inch sketchbook by Scout Books, design by Megabolt. Cover is recycled chipboard, sketchbook contains 32 pages.

So, for $7, you’re actually buying two sketchbooks; one gets mailed to you, and the other one (because honestly, when are you going to find the time to do this yourself) Megabolt gives to a kid in a hospital. Megabolt puts in all the effort a charitable act requires, and you get a sketchbook AND to feel good about yourself. Winning all around! Seriously though, I love efforts to get kids (anyone, really) to do art and be creative; I am all in for anything that supports that kind of initiative. Even if the sketchbook turned out crappy, I’d consider it money well spent.

Good news, everyone! This sketchbook does NOT suck!

I tried out a range of my typical doodling implements. Pencil and ballpoint pen, as should be expected, have no problems on this paper, which is pretty standard sketchbook smooth (not Clairefontaine smooth, but like say Strathmore drawing smooth or so. Not much, if any, tooth to the paper).  I got a little bit of fuzzing using (I think it was) the Pilot Fineliner in the bottom left corner, and even less (a minute amount) with the Pentel Tradio (the face that isn’t finished above eyebrow level toward the bottom right). What I was most impressed with was how the paper handled fountain pens. We’ve got, in blue, a Pelikano with Pelikan blue ink, and a Lamy EF nib with Lamy blue ink; in Noodler’s Violet, the Pilot Plumix; and the eye at the bottom is a Sailor Ink Bar. The lines have a bit of character from the texture of the paper, but the ink doesn’t seem to fuzz or feather. And you can still use the back of the paper!! It’s not one hundred percent no-show-through; there are a couple small dots where an ink almost bled through, but take a look, that’s pretty darn good.

Also, this is a cool cover design. And a great color. Goes well with turquoise and sunny yellows, if you like to coordinate your notebooks with your clothing.

Good notebook, good cause; why haven’t you bought one yet? If you have bought one, good job; go make someone else buy one. If you still haven’t bought one, stop reading my blog and go be helpful! Promote art! GO!
Megabolt Sketchbook at Megabolt

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