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An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers Paperback – February 28, 2013
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Danny Gregory is the author of several successful books on creativity, including An Illustrated Life, The Creative License, and Everyday Matters. He has a worldwide following of people who are inspired to develop their own creativity through illustrated journaling. He is a managing partner at a leading NY advertising agency and lives in Greenwich Village with his son and two long-haired dachshunds. www.dannygregory.com
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Very similar in format to Gregory's 2008 book, An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers, his latest book profiles 43 travel journal keepers from many countries. Each artist has written a first-person account of his or her background in art and travel, how travel sketching is inspired, and techniques and tools used. Photos of some artists are included, showing them sketching on location. It is particularly illuminating to see the common threads among nearly all the artists - that drawing what they see while traveling enriches their travel experiences, bridges gaps in understanding about other cultures, and evokes memories like no photographs can. It's clear that sketching and traveling have become integrated creative processes for these artists: Seeing new places motivates drawing, and drawing motivates observing more carefully the new places they experience.
The meat of the book is a beautiful collection of large, full-color reproductions of art from the artists' travel sketchbooks. These unique, spontaneous views of the world make me want to hop on a plane right now to fill my own sketchbook with the places I visit.
Most of the artists included - Miguel "Freekhand" Herranz, Nina Johansson, Cathy Johnson, Tommy Kane, Lapin, Veronica Lawlor and Liz Steel, to name a few - are well-known in the blogosphere of the urban sketching/on-location drawing community. A few are less-known discoveries with fresh, surprising perspectives.
In fact, if I have any complaints about this beautiful book, it is a tiny one: I wish it had included more travelers who are not professional artists, illustrators or designers, and who are perhaps less well-known. Almost every participant either has an art degree or makes a living using their artistic skills. I have seen online the amazing on-location sketches of so many people who work at "regular" jobs and do not have any kind of art background. I would have loved to see more of them included. Better yet, a whole volume devoted to the on-location work of non-professional artists would be equally inspiring as this one. How about it, Danny?
It is simply a sneak peek into the journals of accomplished urban sketchers.
Loved purusing the various styles and approaches represented in the book. I have the kindle version which I read on the ipad. I found the quality on the Kindle ipad app to be appropriate(a bit more zoom would have been even better!). If you are looking for specific "how to" technique, this is not it. If you are a person who learns by studying works of others, you will appreciate this book. It was very enjoyable to read about the different artist profiles, the tools they use and how they approach urban sketching. This is a book I will come back to time and time again. Love it!