Today the sketchbooks I ordered from Justin Gerard came, and they are fantastic. Just thought I'd share them with you all. If you've never heard of Justin Gerard, you should really check out his work. His blog is here: http://quickhidehere.blogspot.com/
And you can get a sketchbook from his etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JustinGerard
Also, the book on the left is Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen. I'd highly recommend it.
This is just a quick brush/ink piece I did this evening. I like the concept of a bleeding rose symbolizing pain–I'm not sure why, it just seems to fit. I'm not sure how pleased I am with the finished product; the rose is a little lopsided, and the brushstrokes aren't incredibly smooth, but I mainly drew it to vent/relax. Someday I'd like to try it again with (hopefully) better results. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, and maybe grasp the emotional connection that I was trying to convey.