Art Journal – Inspiration and Advice

22 Jan

My hubby gave me this awesome book as a xmas present: “An Illustrated Life. Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers” by Danny Gregory. It is essentially a collection of scan from various people’s sketchbooks – and their stories about themselves and their sketchbook tricks, rules and approaches.

Danny Gregory’s “The Illustrated Life”

So inspiring!

I wanted to share some that stuck out for me.

From: Danny Gregory

Periodically, I give myself assignments. I will draw each bite I take from an apple, or every car on my street, or all the contents of my fridge, or each position my dog assumes when he pees in the park. I have filled entire books with daily self-portraits or with each person on death row, or all black CEOs in the Fortune 500.

Butch Belair:

I usually draw alone in my car…sometimes I will drive to a place that has caught my attention in the past. But usually, I just get in my car and try to get lost…finding a place to park is also very important in selecting a site.

France Belleville:

I share a moleskine journal with someone in Canada. We’ve been filling it with drawings and sending it back and forth between New Jersey and Quebec

Paola Gaviria:

When I work from home, i have other sketchbooks I work on in a more deliberate way: following a theme or a subject, or using only one kind of ink, exploring only one subject or using narrative on one specific topic.

Barry Gott:

When I look back at them [my sketchbooks], I feel a genuine sense of satisfaction, as something that’s completely in my own voice and on my own terms.

James Kochalka:

Diary comic strip every day…I quit…but I didn’t my work done…I just played video games. It turns out that drawing in my diary actually makes me more productive. It gives me energy to keep going.

Paul Madonna:

I believe the brain can hold so much. I let my mind wander and pay attention to where it goes. This is, in part, how I practice creativity. Once an idea is chosen as an idea, to hold onto it freezes that creative movement. By putting it down on paper, getting it out of my mind, I am free to wander.

Sketchbooks are interesting and beautiful objects in the way that bloopers and deleted scenes are interesting from your favourite movie.

Christoph Mueller:

At times I get fascinated and depressed when everything I draw looks like shit. But that’s the good thing about a book: just turn the fucking page, as in life. Keep on making it down the road, keep on filling those pages no matter what.

Marilyn Patrizio:

I try to buy new sketchbooks when I am on vacation/traveling. My shiny new book will have the dual purpose of being both a souvenir and also a functional surface to store my scribbles.

Trevor Romain:

An open sketchbook is like two outstretched arms welcoming me. They accept me in whatever mood I’m in and they’re always there,open and ready no matter where I am or what undies I’m wearing.

Without my journals, hundreds of amazing moments in my life would just be lost memories in some dark filing cabinet in the back of my mind, which will never be seen again.

Paul Soupiset:

I retreated to sketchbooks when I got frustrated and impatient with painting. The end product of a painting usually comes so much later that the initial inspiration so that the original meaning became lost to me. I was thinking more about my audience and less about the inspiration and subject matter.

Melanie Ford Wilson:

I doodle on everything. Constantly. Grocery lists, sales receipts, my (literal) desktop, my legs and arms, book covers, my husband… an yes, in my sketchbook! Whenever I clean out my studio (or the house in general), I toss the doodle bits I like into a box. Then every couple of months or so, I go through the box and tape or glue the bits I like, or the bits that are in some way similar to the other bits, onto a sketchbook page for “safe keeping.”

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