I finished my sketchbook just before Christmas. I had another grey book on the go that I could have used, but they're not so good for the material I was going to be sketching up north on a camping trip.
So I took this A6 concertina sketchbook that's been kicking around for a year or two. I can't remember the brand unfortunately (it has a blind debossed logo embedded into it's cloth cover, but it's a tad blurry so I can't tell what it says).
I quite enjoyed it. Sketching in a concertina sketchbook is something I hadn't done before, but a lot of fun as it turns out.
|We tried the camp at Hihi out this year. Nicely refurbished with lots of shady old trees to read (and sketch) under.|
|Hihi is only 20 minutes from Taupo Bay so we headed over several times – a great place for a surf.|
|Mangonui is on the other side of the harbour (it's an easy paddle or 15 minute drive). Famous for it's fish and chips, but I'd rather have a beer in the old pub with it's eccentric characters, parrot and memorabilia.|
|Some letterboxes at Hihi. I really liked the whare letterbox.|
|The Butlers Bay Whaling Museum is at Hihi too. Well worth a visit too. Times have certainly changed since dead sperm whales in various states of decay would have littered the bay.|
|Matai Bay at the end of Karikari peninsular is actually 2 bays and a really long white sandy beach, all equally stunning. With beaches like these there is really no need to go to Tahiti.|
|The old cottages in the Hihi camp are very sketchable.|