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Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists Flexibound – June 1, 2011
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Drawn In seems like an extension of the blog in a book format.
There are 44 artists featured in this book. Each comes with a profile, an interview and pages from their sketchbooks. There's a nice variety of wildly differing styles, all very unique and raw.
Most are doodles of imagination, some simple, some intricate, there are pages drawn with pencils and others created from mixed media.
It's interesting to see what these artists fill in their sketchbooks because you can never guess what's inside. Katy Horan draws dark spooky women, Rob Dunlavey seems to like to draw castles, Chad Kouri creates lettering, Ted McGrath's book is well worn with the many things pasted onto the pages.
I like the interviews that talk about how they use their sketchbooks, their various inspiration, and you can learn more about their personalities. With the exception of the author, the rest of the artists are all new to me.
Delightful book. More for those who like doodle-like imaginative drawings.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The usual domain of unspoken self-reflection is generously shared in response to questions about courage, beginning work, showing, selling, personal reverie.
Multiple two-page spreads for each of the 44 artist's work are depicted with answers to: what childhood influence most impacts your artistic life now? what do you use your sketchbook for (casual sketch, finished work before presentation, working out composition and color palette, brain hard drive to remember new ideas, experimenting, etc)? how many sketchbooks do you have? why that size of book? what media do you use in sketchbooks? when and where do you sketch? what is your work process? is your completed work similar or different than your sketchbooks?
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Informative insight into the diversity of artists' work process, reaffirming we are all different and distinct in what we create, where, when and how it is produced, our preferences prejudices and personality are worthy of sharing.
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Drawn In offers sketchbook glimpses of creativity at work. An afternoon at the home of artist (painted glass, wood carving, acrylic painting) Aida Perez in Ecuador gifted me with immersion in the aesthetic environment formed by an artist for her own inspiration. Despite the recent death of husband Alberto she continues her tradition of gustatory hospitality (frozen meringue covered with hot blackberry sauce she calls My Grandmother). Freely roaming her home is invited, and surprises constantly amaze, ferns draping a footed tub, shaped stones, carved wood, the visual pleasure of an artist's abode. Drawn in offers a tantalizing peek into the possibilities of an aesthetic life.
This book is quite simply gorgeous. A real feast for the eyes. I am a real people watcher, I love to sit on benches in shopping centres and watch, making up stories about the passers by. I love to read blog posts sneaky peeking inside people's studios. My guilty afternoon pleasure used to be Through The Keyhole before they started staging it a bit to much. So to be able to see inside so many sketchbooks at one time is just, well, like handing over the key to the secret chocolate stash. It's such an intimate thing for the people involved to show, accompanied with short interview questions, it gives a real insight into each particular persons thought process.
What I particularly like is that it's not just one type of creative person showing their books. There are artists, cartoonists, typographers (is that the right word?) so much diversity. I also liked the inclusion of people across the globe - usually I've found craft books are mainly people from the USA which, granted, this book did still have a lot of but I was pleasantly surprised to see people from England, Scotland, Singapore etc. represented.
I took this book away with me on holiday and read it from cover to cover in the evenings while we were away. Since we've been back I've read it again. It's sparked something, I'm trying now to work in a sketchbook every day - whether it be just sticking something in that's inspired or actually drawing.
The only downside to Drawn In was that it left me wanting more - you can see images showing through the sketchbook pages and it's so tantalisingly out of reach. I envy Julia Rothman getting her mitts on all those books and seeing them in ALL their glory.
This is not a "how-to" book, it's a snoop-fest. And I loved it!
(Adapted from a review posted to my blog.)
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