Bellofy Sketchpad Artist Pro

Last updated date: October 15, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

Bellofy Sketchpad Artist Pro

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 76 expert reviews, the Bellofy Bellofy Sketchpad Artist Pro placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Sketch Book for a detailed review of all the top sketch books.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
416 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The micro-perforated pages of the sketchpad enable easy blending while the heavy material doesn’t let the paint seep through easily.
- Architecture Lab
April 16, 2018 | Full review
Smooth surface absorbs color readily.
- Wiki EZ Vid
February 16, 2018 | Full review
Thick heavy pages don’t allow the colors to spread or run off.
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April 15, 2019 | Full review
Clean perforation lines so that you can easily remove your pages without damaging the paper or the entire book
- Architect's Resources
The best part of this paper is that it is not prone to stains; it does not transfer color on the very next paper, as it absorbs ink more easily. Its capability of ink absorption, makes it the best choice that one can get.
- Art Suppliers
February 26, 2019 | Full review
Bellofy Watercolor Sketchpad Artist Pro lets you sketch your every desire and inspiration. Aside from being compatible with watercolor, the Bellofy Watercolor Sketchpad Artist Pro is also used for acrylic art painting.
- Broad Review
Each one of the 100 pages in this sketchpad is filled with opportunity for you to try something new - whether that's pencil drawing, watercolor, or acrylic painting, you'll be able to experiment with every imaginable type of media on this durable drawing paper.
- Infestis
October 21, 2018 | Full review
I think that this is one of the best features of the Bellofy Watercolor pad. The spiral binding on top makes it usable by left-handed as well as right-handed people. And it has tiny little perforation right beside the coil, so you can keep your sheets, or you can neatly detach them to be submitted in class or elsewhere.
- Art Artists at Work
What makes this product so unique and versatile is the fact that it can be used with a variety of mediums. The premium surface makes the drawing paper ideal for most mediums such as acrylic, paint, ink, pencil, and watercolor. This helps in saving money from buying multiple types of drawing sheets to draw on and also helps in keeping all your artwork in one place.
- Fast Draw Sketch
What experts didn't like
Plain white pages not exclusive to any drawing material.
- Architecture Lab
April 16, 2018 | Full review
Not professional grade.
- Wiki EZ Vid
February 16, 2018 | Full review
Doesn’t specialize in any single drawing style and material.
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April 15, 2019 | Full review
Some reviewers have said the paper quality is subpar and not suitable for use by everyone.
- Architect's Resources
Not professional grade.
- Art Artists at Work
While the company claims it works fine with watercolors, we found it to be not as suitable.
- Fast Draw Sketch

From The Manufacturer

The Unique Multi-Media Art Pad Turn Your Imagination into Beautiful Art There’s more to art than writing, drawing, sketching or painting; it’s an expression of who we are, what we love, and what it means to be us. That’s why Bellofy Artist Pro Series Fine Art Drawing Paper is designed as a mixed-media paper that gives artists the ability to use a wide range of art forms and mediums to grow their creativity. Product Details: 100 Drawing Sheets (Heavy Weight) Micro-Perforated Pages Mixed Media White Paper for Sketching, Painting, Pencil, Ink Top Coil Closure (Right and Left-Handed Artists) Thick, Smooth Surface Recycled, Acid Free Discover Your Talents This heavy drawing paper is durable, yet smooth, making it ideal for a wide range of artistic expressions, including ink and pencil drawing, watercolor, or even acrylic painting. And because it’s acid-free and absorbs ink more readily, you can worry less about smudges, stains, hand prints or color transfer. Right and Left-Handed Artists Unlike traditional spiral notebooks or sketchpads, our art paper pad features a flip-top spiral to make it equally usable by artists using their left or right hands. And the micro-perforated paper lets you draw, sketch or paint in the pad itself, remove a sheet to use, or just tear out a sheet and hang it on the fridge. Beginners, Students and Professionals Whether you’re just starting out in art class, drawing doodles at home, or practicing on paper before you move to canvas, our art drawing paper is perfect for every level of artist. And because it offers a smooth, white texture, you can use a wide range of colors and drawing instruments on it to capture your art with precision.

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Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad
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Arteza Sketch Book, Pack of 3
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Bellofy Sketchpad Artist Pro
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Elans Journal Personalized Artist Sketchbook
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Canson Artist Series Universal Sketch Pad
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An Overview On Sketch Books

You never know when your next creative idea will strike, so it’s a good idea to have a sketch pad and drawing utensils handy. Not all sketch pads are created equal, however. So before you purchase one, you’ll want to take into consideration a few important features.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

First, determine whether the company producing the sketch pad takes measures to protect the environment. For example, the makers of the Pentalic Sketch Book only use paper created from certified sustainable forests. They prominently display a sticker with this information right on the front cover of the pad.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Next, decide whether you’d like the sketch pad to have a soft or hard cover.  Soft covers tend to come with a spiral binding, which allows you to quickly flip through the pages. But, they can also be susceptible to damage and tearing when placed in a bookbag. Hard covers protect the pages better, and if you opt for a leather cover, you’ll also enjoy the anti-slip surface.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Consider the shape of the sketch book pages. Traditional pads are rectangular in shape, but now artists have the option of buying square-shaped sketch pads, like the illo Sketchbook Premium 122lb Hardcover Notebook. The benefit to this shape is that it’s better for sharing pictures of the sketches on social media.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

The size of your sketchbook is also important. “Is it something you plan to carry with you and use on the go? If so, think about where it needs to fit,” says art educator Amy Markham. Her podcast “Starling” helps artists develop their creative process. “Will you carry it in a backpack, a purse or a pocket? Some people prefer to have a smaller sketchbook to carry around and a larger one for planning out ideas when they are at home.”

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Finally, you’ll need to think about what sort of paper is best suited to your needs. “If you are mainly using your book for pencil sketches and the occasional pen, then standard sketchbook paper will work. If you are using markers, inks or some light watercolors, opt for a mixed media paper,” says Markham.  “Sketch paper will not absorb wet media. If you know you are going to be painting often in your sketchbook, go for a watercolor paper sketchbook.”

Don’t forget to check the thickness, weight and absorbency of the pages as well. Thinner pages will leave press-through impressions on the pages behind them.

DWYM Fun Fact

The Oxford dictionary refers to a sketch as “a rough or unfinished drawing.”  Sketches were originally designed to give an artist a way to put their ideas down on paper. People sometimes refer to this as doodling. Later, the sketches would be used as a starting point to create the final masterpiece that the artist had in mind.

Today, however, creative minds often use sketch pads to create work of arts and not just rough drafts. The most commonly used medium for drawing in a sketch pad is the pencil. Did you know that just one lead pencil can create a straight line that is an astounding 35 miles long?

The Sketch Book Buying Guide

  • Check to see if the company has a money-back guarantee policy. This isn’t necessary, but it does add a layer of protection in case the sketch pad doesn’t live up to your expectations.
  • You can frame your favorite sketches and give them away as gifts or use them to decorate your home. If the sketch pad page is not the same size as a traditional frame, you can take it to a craft store and have a custom frame made.
  • Sketching just a few minutes every day is a great way to improve your speed and accuracy.
  • You don’t have to confine yourself to using the sketch pad for drawings only. You can also write to-do lists in them, create calendars or documents your observations when bird watching. Another option is to use the pad as a visual journal, combining your written thoughts with important images that remind you about the day. If you travel, for example, you may wish to draw the Eiffel Tower and then write about the sites and sounds you experienced from the observation deck.
  • Keep your sketchbook away from any liquids. Accidental spills can ruin the pad’s pages.
  • When it comes time to compare sketch pad prices, you need to consider whether the book has a hard or soft cover. Sketch pads with a hard cover, like the illo Sketchbook Premium 122lb Hardcover Notebook and the Pentalic Sketch Book, command a higher price than those with soft covers, like the Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad. The Arteza Sketch Book, Pack of 3 contains multiple pads, so you’ll need to divide the number of pads by the total cost to determine the price per sketchbook.