I've loved this sketchbook so far. It's a good size and shape and the paper works well with markers. There is still a bit of bleeding if you're doing heavy blending or layering but a bit of scrap card stock between the pages where you're doing heavy work prevented any substantial bleeding onto the next page. I think my only complaint is that when opened the sketchbook doesn't lie completely flat like, say, an illo sketbook does but that is less a fault with the sketchbook and more a matter of personal taste. The pages are perforated so you can easily tear out a page you wish to color on a flat surface and a pocket in the back of the sketchbook gives you a safe place to store reference pictures, swatches, finished work or what have you. Overall I would recommend this sketchbook and it would make a fine gift for the artists in your life.