Since I voted for the journal forum...I should post something...
My journal itself is just ring bound, no idea what sort, just the black one on the shelf in the stationary shop. I just choose the ones with heavy paper.
I should use fixative also, but well somehow I like my journals being just random and spontaneous, and it seems to defeat the point to me taking it too seriously. It is really just my place for taking notes and playing around.
I do like the ring bound though as I can start a fresh page easily. If it becomes so important in future, then I am sure conservators can worry about it, but for me it is just notes and things.
There is pretty much bits of everything in there. So here is a quick tour and I will add more as time permits. These days it really is a study journal.
As always excuse the lousy pics, I am lazy in that dept.
Sketch of a plant from the garden, I also put in my studies on different topics, here botany.
Close up of the Philodendron. Just water colours.
Orchid, egg and I think a house from the drawing forum tutorials. I tend to just draw anywhere, but each journal is dated at the start so I roughly know when things were done. I like just practicing things when I have spare time. And sometimes nothing is nicer than just pencil and paper.
This one was part of bird anatomy, it was really part of a study of bird shoulders. The idea being that I should be able to draw a bird based on anatomy.
The following is measurements for a Blue Fin Tuna commision. The calculations are taking mean measurements from a scientific paper and scaling them. I think fin ray counts from memory also
Double page spread with pencil practice on the other page.
Practicing drawing heads...hundreds of them...and still crap
Yeah its the Caesar from Asterix also...upon request from my son
Skulls and anatomy...
Hand, face and tom...or jerry, can never remember which is which
Practicing with water colour over graphite...
More birds and animals...
Like I said I try not to take it too seriously or I know I will get fed up. So it is really a testing ground.
I will post more as time permits.