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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers Paperback – December 1, 2008
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An Illustrated Life is a compilation of sketchbook pages from 50 illustrators all over the world. Each journal is packed with sketches, captions and a narrative as the artist talks about his sketchbook. At 266 pages, some of the scans are a little small if you want to read the writings. One reader I found bought a magnifying glass just to make sure every detail isn't missed.
Every page is a surprise, every page is a discovery, a glimpse of what the artists is thinking, seeing and feeling. It's the perfect book to go to when you're looking inspiration and motivation.
Most artists have their websites listed. It's another avenue for exploration. Jjust to name some, they are R. Crumb, Christoph Niemann, James Jean, Peter Ankle, Cathy Johnson, James Kochalka, Brody Neuenschwander, Chris Ware, Stefan Sagmeister etc.
Danny Gregory has published a truly wonderful book. I really love it. It's well worth every single cent.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The 50 artists have very different styles and approaches, which I found broadening. It is so much fun to read about their approaches, supplies, and ideas.
I have taken a magnifying glass to some of the images already, so I can marvel at the smallest of details.
I have found myself hoping that Danny Gregory will create a sequel - or - hopefully, a series of these books.
An engrossing read. Buy it...you will love it. While you're at it, buy a moleskin or other journal because you won't be able to stop drawing!
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Included are some well-known ("R. Crumb") to the obscure. Teachers and professors, retired and entrepreneurs, housewives and the very affluent, they're all here side by side.
Apart from the illustrations the artists' kept, the most compelling thing are the notes. You get the real sense that if art weren't a part of their lives, in some active way, then they would cease to function as human beings. These are some very raw emotions revealed.
"The true purpose of my sketchbooks is to help me celebrate and truly experience my life...If I don't have my journals with me, I invariably miss them."
-- Cathy Johnson, painter & illustrator
"I draw with fountain pens. A Montblanc `Meisterstuck #149" and a Mamiki `Falcon.' I use ink from Noodler's and watercolors. When I restarted my sketching, I chose Moleskin sketchbooks"
-- Mattias Adolfsson
"Doodling in my books can also be therapeutic. I've genuinely had nasty or upsetting experience that I've been able to get through much more easily by documenting them."
-- Peter Arkle
"My sketchbook is an extension of my art studio. My sketchbook is a place where anything goes."
-- Rich Beerhorst
"A book means a sequences of pages. A sequence means a story and I like to tell stories, even if sometimes it's with no words...I often encourage my children, their friends and students to keep a sketchbook. It is...to consider drawing as a language, like writing."
-- Simonetta Capecchi
"I've gone through many in-out periods of drawing--especially in more recent times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Six years had passed and I still look through this book sometimesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A lovely book, filled with fantastic sketches by very talented artists!Published 3 months ago by R. Daniel
This was a gift from my ex, therefore it always felt like a criticism, and this no doubt colored my opinion, for which I apologise. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aquaria
Just what I've been looking for. Gregory's style is just the way I want to journal. The only drawback was that several different artists were in it that I don't want to learn... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm struggling to read this book all the way through, and needed to figure out why. Here's my takeaway: The book's elongated shape and heavy, glossy paper (beautiful quality)... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RobinLK