Being that I like to both write and draw, I'm a sucker for sketchbooks and pens. I have an infinite and diverse collection of both, despite being highly particular (my left-handedness has made me quite picky about my pens due to potential smearing). Recently, I added a new sketchbook to the collection. I'd been suspiciously eyeing the Moleskine line for a while. It advertises that it was the choice of Picasso and Hemingway. While seeming to be an attractive endorsement, it made me leary since it appeared like a trendy line (and they were also on the pricey side). But I bought in, and picked up their large sketchbook. Thus far, I'm lovin' it. It's a fantastic product. The sketchbook itself has great heft (it has to feel good holding it in your hand). The covers are rigid, and the pages smooth and thick. The binding allows every page to be folded out perfectly flat. My only problem is that the paper doesn't absorb water (it sits orphaned on top like the paper was a tarp) so I have to forgo watercolors. But it makes me excited to draw, which is the best compliment an art supply can be paid.