An Illustrated Life

An Illustrated Life

Drawing Inspiration From the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

Book - 2008
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Find Insight and Inspiration for Your Creative Life

An artist's journal is packed with sketches and captions; some rough, some polished. The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers. The cover may be travel-worn and the pages warped from watercolors. Open the book, and raw creativity seeps from each color and line. The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist's mind: You get a direct window into risks, lessons, mistakes, and dreams.

The private worlds of these visual journals are exactly what you'll find inside An Illustrated Life . This book offers a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of 50 top illustrators, designers and artists. Included are sketchbook pages from R. Crumb, Chris Ware, James Jean, James Kochalka, and many others. In addition, author Danny Gregory has interviewed each artist and shares their thoughts on living the artistic life through journaling.

Watch artists--through words and images--record the world they see and craft the world as they want it to be. The pages of An Illustrated Life are sometimes startling, sometimes endearing, but always inspiring. Whether you're an illustrator, designer, or simply someone searching for inspiration, these pages will open a whole new world to you.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : HOW Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781600610868
Branch Call Number: 741 Greg
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.

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MrDrProfessorPatrick Jun 29, 2015

This book was so inspirational to me and really helped me re-center my sketches. I tend to get into this robotic technical mode where I over perfect every sketch and drawing simply isn't fun anymore. Getting a peek inside the private sketchbooks and sketch journals of these incredible artists really reminds you that art has no confines and you should just draw what you want, when you want to, no matter how it turns out. Even the greats just have to make messes or stray from their usual work every once in a while.


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