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When first I saw this piece by WhiteRaven90 --> Nine-tailed Fox by WhiteRaven90 I was floored by the amount of detail and her exquisite patterning.  I was even more amazed when I discovered that it was drawn on the cover of her exercise book for school! :jawdrop:

Which set me wondering, is this a common occurrence?  Do other artists adorn their sketchbooks in this way? I quickly searched dA.

The results were staggering, and ranged from simple pencil sketches to full-blown bookbinding overhauls.

The variety to be found is inspiring:

Simple and sweet
:thumb100463253: .Red Sketchbook - Cover. by sofa0ne :thumb136511822:

Animals - both real and fictional
:thumb69076428: :thumb69354657: Sketchbook - Cover by Reowyn :thumb39549761:
Back Cover 2006 by omgdragonfly :thumb96655646: :thumb112166746:

Logos and Symbols
:thumb108991077: Winged Wolf Sketchbook Cover by lemonfruitpie My Sketchbook by CountUchiha Sketch cover by TigrisTheLynx
Sketchbook cover o5 by Blackmane

Pencil, Pen & Ink, Sharpie Marker, and Monotone
:thumb129206870: Spaceship Sketchbook by SaraSchool :thumb137713662: Sketchbook - cover by PaintedJewel Brown Sketchbook Cover by Kon-stant :thumb19053244: :thumb121383738: Sketchbook-Back Cover by death-departed New Sketchbook - Cover by Luthien-Lossehelin Sketchbook Cover by lilWhiteRaven :thumb102459587: Sketchbook: Cover page by nattoons wip sketchbook cover by edds-bestfriend

Bold and In Your Face
Back Cover to New Sketchbook by smygba Whoa . . . O_O


Mesmerizing
:thumb92572878: My New Sketchbook by AriusShadow


Collages, Layered and Mixed Media
Sketchbook Cover by cancerprophecy Sketchbook cover by ncpenguinlover :thumb7721516: :thumb105448474: sketchbook cover by Figure-of-speech Sketchbook Cover by ThestralRider Sketchbook 1 - Cover by vampireheartagram27 Alice In Wonderland Sketchbook by dawhiterabit48


Ancient Cultures
sketchbook cover - back by bornbruised

Fan-Art Related
Scar Sketchbook by paxxx :thumb119508044: sketchybook cover by strayspoon42 :thumb112236939:


Creatures of Fantasy and Mythology
Whitepage SKetchbook Cover 05 by Silenced-Dreams Sketchbook Cover: Mermaids by kissedbyfyre Faerie Sketchbook Cover by beatnik


Sculpture, Carving, and 3D - these are just so cool!
Mushroom Log Book by sunhawk Sketchbook back cover by MandarinMoon


Words and Warnings
SKETCHBOOK2009 cove by voln :thumb86062014: :thumb75870845: Sketchbook cover by imaginarium
Sketchbook Contents by ProjectGRUDGE Sketchbook cover by Niruno <-- I often feel this way about my own sketchbook. XD

Completely Made From Scratch, and Bookbinding Makeovers
My Personal Sketchbook by Grizzelnit Sketchbook Cover by MusicalDinotron My Sketchbook Cover by SackofWetRabbits
Riveted Sketchbook by ajazzydancer

Miscellaneous . . . I wasn't really sure what category to put these in. :/
Sketchbook cover by bhakri Book Cover by Fatmalovestodraw Sketchbook Painted Cover by TwilightsKitsune :thumb49247325: :thumb110837147: <-- This cover was actually made from a T-shirt. Check it out!


Ingenious - I think these are probably my favorites.  So imaginative! :love:
My sketchbook by rhythmrobot my sketchbook cover by aflyingsuitcase Sketchbook cover modification. by Love-and-mascara Cover: Battle of the Pencil by Evanescere Sketchbook Cover by Plotholetsi

. . . And this is just scratching the surface.  There are thousands more!

So, how do you customize your sketchbook?
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:iconmeeka-lakota:
Meeka-Lakota Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What a wonderful collections. Funny that I found this today I just finished painting my sketchbook.
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:iconfigure-of-speech:
Figure-of-speech Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature! Unfortunately, the cover ended up getting torn and destroyed.
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:iconsofa0ne:
sofa0ne Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Thank you for the feature I am lucky to have even made this list of very talented artists. I really should come here more often and create more to share. Beautiful/amazing work everyone!
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kuroneko52 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Wow! Thanks for featuring my sketchy's cover. I really appreciate it.
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MusicalDinotron Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Hahahaha, mine has lime green penises all over it.
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Fatmalovestodraw Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful article.
Thank you for featuring me; I'm honored :)
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Awww thanks! :blushes:

And you're very welcome! :hug:
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TwilightsKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Wow. Awesome feature! And thanks for featuring mine!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
You're welcome! :hug:
It was my pleasure! :aww:
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ajazzydancer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for featuring me. I keep all my notes for my jewelry classes in that book. You should decorate your own too, it really makes it more personal.
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
You're quite welcome! :hug:

And you're absolutely right! I really should embellish my own sketchbook in some way.
The only question that remains is: How shall I do it?
Hmmmmmm . . . . :plotting:
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ajazzydancer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
my assignment was to do something about me, so I'd do whatever you're passionate about.
(ex: I love jewelry and snowflakes, so I made a metal snowflake)
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:iconennai:
Ennai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
All the sketchbooks look amazing, and I feel honored to see mine up there. <3 Like I said, I can't thank you enough.
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
You're very welcome! :hug:
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:iconmandarinmoon:
MandarinMoon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is so cool! Thank you so much for including my sketch book. :) I'm inspired to try new things now!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
You're welcome! :aww:

I, also, have been inspired to decorate my sketchbook cover.
But, GOSH!! There are so many different options!!! :wow:
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:iconnattoons:
nattoons Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much for the feature! it really brightened up my day!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Aww, you're welcome! :aww:
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sunhawk Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the feature, this collection is great! :D
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the article! :aww:
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strayspoon42 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
HOLY HELL, MY ART WAS FEATURED SOMEWHERE?!

wow.....
that's all i can say... wow!!!

thank you! thank you whoever did this so very much!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
You're very welcome! :aww:
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Thanks for having my sketchbook featured here, I am honored! ^_^

I also did another one that i seemed to have forgotten to post at DA. :) So here's another one for you. [link]
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nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
You're quite welcome! :aww:

Oh wow, I really like the look of your second sketchbook, too! :wow: I'm actually thinking about doing a Part 2 of this article. If I'm able to, I will most definitely feature it, as well. Thank you so much!
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's cool! :) You can feature it if you'd like. lol

I just can't believe I didn't post it on DA long ago. It was your article that made me realize it wasn't here. So, thanks! LOL
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
No problem!
Hahaha, I live to serve. :worship:
:giggle:
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
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Sezlar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Hey there, thanks for the feature! I'm still so pleased that people enjoy this old design of mine - that sketchbook got such a battering. It's now thin, dirty and dishevelled, but the design is still in tact. :D
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
You're very welcome! :hug:

Everyone needs a little Avatar fan-art! :nod:
Especially when it's the "completely blow-you-away with it's awesomeness" kind, like yours! :D
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Sezlar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Hahaha thanks again. :hug:
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BushfireHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feature is this really great article. It was great to have a look at the other images of covers as well, some really beautiful designs as well as amazing detailed ones too! =)

To me there's nothing like re-decorating a cover to get me in the mood for what I will be using the sketchbook for :D
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nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're very welcome! I'm glad you liked the article! :aww:

And you're quite right. Though, I'm ashamed to say I've never tried to personalize my own sketchbooks. :blushes: Too timid, I guess . . .

BUT, that's no excuse. Even if I try and fail (i.e. completely deface the cover beyond recovery), the point is I tried. And I can always get a new one when it needs to be replaced, right?
(Yessssss. New sssssketchbooook. My prrrreciousssss) :giggle:
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BushfireHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

I've tried and failed at some covers, i usually just paint over it and do it again, hehe
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nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
:o BRILLIANT IDEA!!!
Why didn't I think of that sooner?! :iconfacepalmplz:
Sometimes the obvious answers elude me... :no: ...Sad, really.
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:iconbushfirehedgehog:
BushfireHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha, bless ya, at least you have the idea now :)
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FluffyPandaMonster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring me! I feel so honored. :D
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're quite welcome! :hug:
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:icondeath-departed:
death-departed Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009   Photographer
I love this article! Thank you immensely for featuring me, and so many other talented artists!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're very welcome!

Just . . . doing my part to promote the talented artists here on dA . . . :blushes:
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KEBinns Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Thanks for the double feature. There are so many amazing covers here!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're welcome!
I couldn't resist, really. :blushes: You did such a wonderful job on both of them. :love:
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elfythegreat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
aw wow ace article! :) and thanks for featuring mine too :)
The artists on here all have such pretty sketchbooks *paws* lol
xx
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nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're welcome, hun! :aww:

Chyeah, no kidding! I was pretty much drooling all over my desk when I put this together. :XD:
:icondroolplz: (<-- This is literally what my face looked like. :lol: )
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elfythegreat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lmao! sexy mmm lol.
Im in the process of covering my new sketchbook too haha I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED!
xx
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature! This is awesome! I love seeing all the designs :)!
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're welcome! :)

I had so much fun working on this . . . :dance:
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CountUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks for Featuring ^^-
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
No problem! :aww:
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TentacleTwat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
O Mah Gawd my sketchbook is on here! Thank you SO much!!!! :la:

:heart:
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:iconnobells43fish:
nobells43fish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're welcome! :hug:
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