Testing the Rocketbook Wave Sketchbook

Last year, I backed an Indiegogo campaign for the Rocketbook Wave, a reusable sketchbook that can be quickly digitized through a phone app. I can't even remember when I finally received it, it's been gathering dust on the shelf. 
Yesterday, I met with some pals at LACMA, to see the Reigning Men exhibit (which is great, by the way). I decided to bring along the Rocketbook, rather than my usual Canson 6x6" sketchbook, just in case photography wasn't allowed. It was, I didn't need to sketch, but after lugging around the Rocketbook all day, I was determined to sketch SOMETHING to test it out. 

Here is my first experiment: 
Direct in-app digitization, uploaded to Blogger on phone, image size: 984 x 1112 pixels 
Scanned @300dpi, Photoshop levels adjustments, resized to 1000 pixels width for blog.
The QR code, dot grid, and symbols at the bottom are elements for the digitization that become invisible.
As you can see, the top direct digitization lost detail (dots especially) and saves at a smaller resolution than I can get scanning.
Scaling the in-app file to exactly the drawing's dimensions (7.75" width) creates an image of 127dpi.
OK for notes, not very usable for fine art purposes.
The provided pen is too wimpy -- it's a special pen to work with the sketchbook's reusable feature. Again, OK for notes, meh for fine art. There is a thicker felt-tip pen available on Amazon, which I might try.

After purchasing a Rocketbook, it's possible to download a PDF to print then use.
I thought of some ways I could utilize this, especially for some of my fashion sketching.
That will be my next experiment.
Meanwhile, I think I'll be using my Rocketbook for ToDo lists -- better than the myriad scraps of paper floating around on my desk!

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Okay, that nixes this product for me - no phone. :(
But as you say, excellent for note-taking and things that don't need high-res. Thanks for the review.