- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: HOW Books (February 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144032025X
- ISBN-13: 978-1440320255
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book is somewhat similar to The Art of Urban Sketching. The sketches are all done on location. In this book however, the focus is on the contributors themselves and their thoughts on places and sketching while traveling. The writeup is longer with more depth and you really get to feel their love for sketching.
I really enjoy looking at the beautiful sketches and reading the scribbled notes on the pages. Sketches have the charm and personalities that can't be found from photographs. I guess that's why I love sketchbooks so much.
This is an inspiring sketchbook for travel and art lovers. It's definitely one of my favourite books for 2013.
The artists featured are:
Miguel "Freekhand" Herranz
Ch'ng Kiah Kiean
Steven B. Reddy
I wanted to recommend a few more travel related sketchbooks but realize that there are too many. So instead, I'll post a link to the list on my blog in the comments section below.
The contributors, including Danny Gregory, have traveled all over the world and have seen it with new eyes as they've gone from place to place and have drawn and painted people, buildings, foods, whatever they've seen that interested them as a subject. It's a feast for the eyes.
Styles are as diverse as the artists are in number. I enjoyed seeing the difference in how people see the world and also their differences in the supplies they use. One man said he uses only the cheapest sketch books and the same two ballpoint pens to sketch with, and they're the cheap kind that are found in hotel rooms. Others use more expensive materials but the results are the same. Beautiful drawings no matter what they're done with.
It is enjoyable to read what is written near or on some of the sketches in the journal pages and some of them are quite funny. Some are done as sketches in preparation for paintings, and others are to remind the artist of the time and feelings of that particular place. Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers is as good as this one, An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers and is just as interesting to read and to dive headfirst into the artwork.
Both of these books are very inspirational for anyone who reads them. If you haven't picked up a sketchbook and pencil for a while, after you see this book, it's likely you will. Highly recommended.
Because of this book, I am now drawing more, just things around town for now but I'm getting ready all the time for when I do travel. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you're truly interested in illustrative journaling, pick up this book and be prepared to be seduced by the shear beauty and volume.
P.S. Why isn't there 6 STARS
Just do yourself a favor: Get the real paper version of this book. My mistake was succumbing to the need for instant gratification and buying the Kindle version. You will want to see the details on some of these beautiful illustrations, you'll enlarge the art on the Kindle, it will pixilate and no amount of S'mores will console you. Trust me on this.