And finally, the fancy giraffe. His banner isn't painted... and I don't know that I will. That's the best thing about sketchbooks. There's no pressure to have everything look like perfection.
I thought it would be worth noting that I'm using a new sketchbook now. I tore through my Molskine cashier sketchbook faster than I thought I would (which completes 20 Before 20 goal #4!), and had to buy a new one.
Because I'm left handed, I don't like spiral bound sketchbooks. They just make my hand sit all funny, and make my wrist uncomfortable. So, I bought an Art Alternatives hardbound sketchbook. I really like it so far. The paper doesn't feather, and it holds up to watercolor washes quite handily. Plus, I was able to use a 40% off coupon since I got it from Jo-Anns, and it only costed me $6! I think it has 100 pages in it, so I'd say it was quite a good deal–and I'm a sucker for a deal. :0)