Sunday, October 17, 2010

Good book on sketching

Just finished a pretty decent book about artist's who keep sketchbooks, An Illustrated Life, by Danny Gregory. I thought it was great to read about other artist's that sketched, what they sketched in, what materials they used, whether they used a commercially made or homemade sketchbook, etc.

The pretty common thread was that they liked to do it, it improved drawing skills, creativity, kept records of an artist life but many of them say that it records your growth as an artist and that all pages, good or bad, should be kept in the book so as an artist, you can see how you have grown as an artist.

Some are private, some don't mind who reads them. Some use them for work, some for pleasure, some for both. Many common comments about using them to record vacations and special events make them more memorable in a sketchbook than a photograph.

This book is a recommended read for those who sketch, and those who don't......You could even sketch little princesses, like Chloe, pictured above.


  1. i read this book several years ago and remember that danny said to really see something u should draw it. i carried around my sketchpad back when i read that- but i haven't done it much lately at all. i am NOT an artist, so it feels akward and kind of embarassing-
    i am so glad u mentioned the book tho-- just reminds me of that.

  2. Kerri, there are other fun things you can do in your sketchbook...too bad you aren't close by, I could show you.


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