Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists By Julia Rothman

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Sketchbooks offer a fascinating glimpse into private pages where artists brainstorm, doodle, develop and work on ideas, and keep track of their musings. Artists use these journals to document their daily lives, produce their initial ideas for bigger projects, and practice their skills. Using a variety of media from paint to pencil to collage, these pages can become works of art themselves. They often feel fresh and alive because they are first thoughts and often not reworked. These pages capture the artist's personalities along with glimpses of their process of working and inspirations.

In Drawn In, you can take a peek inside the sketchbooks of 44 high-profile, amazingly talented artists as they discuss their collections and how they use them. Featuring a spectrum of creators from illustrators and fine artists to graphic designers and cartoonists, this books offers an inside, full-color glimpse into pages filled with pencil and pen sketches, thumbnail drawings, unpublished comics, elaborate collages, loose clippings, and much more. Become inspired by these incredible artists and the pages they share in Drawn In! Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists

As someone who has kept a sketchbook, on and off, for many years, I've always been drawn to other people's sketchbooks -- what do they use them for? How do they interact with the pages? Do they have the same anxiety I do about that first, blank page? Do they ever tear pages out? This lovely volume asks these sorts of questions of 44 artists and reproduces images from their sketchbooks. It's a gorgeous book, and pawing through the pages, reading all about how these artists feel about their sketchbooks is a delightful treat. This is one I'll keep returning to and enjoying for ages. 9781592536948 I really liked this collection of sketchbook entries from 44 artists collected by Rothman. It's really generative, I think, giving you ideas about what you could do with a sketchbook (or a journal, if you are a writer). When we think of books or poems or paintings or sculpture or basically anything creative, it is important to recall (even if you are an artist) that it is a process, with lots of failure or experimentation or just messing around that goes into the final product.

This is a fascinating look into various artists's brains. Rothman asks her fellow artists questions, too: What is the main function of your sketchbook? How do the sketchbooks work in conjunction with actual products/books/finished illustrations? What is the relationship between your daily life and work? How did you come to do the kind of work you do? That approaches enriches the sketchbook entries, and I almost always found the responses interesting.

As a young writer I always liked The Paris Review interviews with writers about their processes, and still do like reading about process for writers and artists. I like the appendices to comic nook series that feature drafts and early sketches. This book is all sketches, which is just fine for me.

The last sketchbook-type collection I read is Jillian Tamanki's Boundless, and I liked it a lot. Important to see the edges of art. With some of these artists, like comics guy Anders Nilsen, it is interesting how he keeps his finished project rough and sketchy, like an actual sketchbook, to help us get a feel for the process in the final product, a keeping' it real feel. 9781592536948 There is nothing like looking at the interior of a sketchbook to get your creative, artistic juices flowing. Especially someone else's! And especially when that person makes their living from their art. For me, it's mind blowing. When you look at your own, there's a bit of you that has a huge satisfaction at the work that's been put on the pages - and inevitably there's surprise too. Sometimes you really make some wonderful stuff, or catch a moment or expression and it's such a treat to see it!! When it's art in the raw form, it's pretty cool to see - knowing it will lead to something fantastic. The creative process is one of those things that never ceases to amaze me actually.

This book - a spin off of the successful blog site Book By It's Cover - covers some great and successful artists. It covers all sorts of artistic focus and there's an artistic type for everyone's tastes that will be sure to make you drool. I especially liked how it's been formatted and the questions that she asked of the artists about using sketchbooks, their influences and styles. All thought provoking! It's an artist's treasure trove to be sure! Well worth the read and probably would be a good one to have on the shelf when you need that bit of push to get going.

9781592536948 The problem with saying yes to every book that sounds sort-of interesting is that you are going to run into plenty of good books for which you are simply the wrong reader. And that is the problem with Drawn In, I think. It's a fun premise--a glance into the sketchbooks of a couple dozen artists, accompanied by little excerpts of interviews. But ultimately, it's not the sort of thing that keeps my interest. I need to be interested in the art to be interested in the artist, and there were only a handful of sketchbook pages that made me want to take a second look. This is, assuredly, a problem with me and my lack of artistic sensibility than with the book itself. 9781592536948 This will be a book I keep handy to look at often and gain inspiration (sometimes also known as Mr Kick in the Ass).

The printing is beautiful and there are just images jammed in everywhere - not a skimpy, withholding kind of book!

There is a wide range of artists and styles represented and an interesting set of questions answered by each one. I particularly liked the author's question of What are the main functions of your sketchbooks? This elicited some fascinating responses.



I love looking at the sketches and unfinished work of accomplished artists for three reasons:

First, it helps to know that these people are human - not everything they do is a finished masterpiece. Second, it helps me understand how they create their art. A finished, polished artwork is an impenetrable to a beginner, I think, as seeing the exterior of a building. What's inside? How did it come to be? By seeing preliminary work, we can see how it was constructed and that's immensely valuable to understanding how to make something like it. Third, I believe it's the easiest way to see the artist's raw talent and practiced ability. Anyone can fiddle with a line long enough until it becomes the right shape. But someone who can clearly put that same perfect line down in one fluid stroke on the first try: that's a person with serious ability. I admire that person. I aspire to be that person.

Seeing the sketchbooks of artists is even better than just seeing in-progress art intended to be a 'finished' work: not only are we seeing the raw, unpolished artwork itself, we're also witnessing the germination of the ideas themselves at the very font of creativity.

I've been carrying a small notebook around with me for over a year now and I've come to treasure my little notes and thumbnail sketches. When I'm facing a blank screen or blank piece of paper and I need an idea, I no longer have to dream something up from thin air. Now I can just look at my previous half-formed ideas and let one of those tickle my fancy. It doesn't matter that an idea comes to me in the car or when I'm getting out of bed in the morning: I can capture it then and do it later. Sometimes much later. Before, I was just letting all of those ideas and images disappear, quickly forgetting them forever. What a waste that was.

In reading the interviews with these artists, I get the impression many of them use their sketchbooks for this purpose as well.In addition, many of them have kept sketchbooks as a discipline for so long that it has sharply honed their creative abilities as well as their artistic skill. So what we're really seeing is pure, powerful creative gold, freshly dug, still in the ore, from people who have been doing that sort of thing for a long time. I'm grateful to be able to see it.

There is a pretty good mix of art styles represented in Drawn In. Some of it I liked very, very much. All of it I appreciated.

The unexpected benefit of reading the interviews was getting the broad range of purpose the various artists had for keeping a sketchbook. Many of their uses I'd never thought about before, like the sketchbook itself being a handcrafted piece of bookbinding art in its own right. It was very inspiring.

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9781592536948 There's nothing that brings me more joy than looking at sketchbooks .. others as well as my own. So this was just that , full of joy.

The author includes interviews with artists ranging from generic sketchbook user questions that can be applied multiple times to well researched and personal questions . I also thought the layouts were complimentary to the artist's style.

I could have googled each one of them and compared their finished work to their sketchbooks for better understanding but I didn't. Oops for me

Overall I liked the variety it had . 9781592536948 A interesting look at the process of several types and styles of artists. 9781592536948
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I got to know of this book from Book By Its Cover, which is the blog of the author Julia Rothman. I visit her blog regularly to check out lesser known art books. She does a great job featuring artists and their books.

Drawn In seems like an extension of the blog in a book format.

There are 44 artists featured in this book. Each comes with a profile, an interview and pages from their sketchbooks. There's a nice variety of wildly differing styles, all very unique and raw.

Most are doodles of imagination, some simple, some intricate, there are pages drawn with pencils and others created from mixed media.

It's interesting to see what these artists fill in their sketchbooks because you can never guess what's inside. Katy Horan draws dark spooky women, Rob Dunlavey seems to like to draw castles, Chad Kouri creates lettering, Ted McGrath's book is well worn with the many things pasted onto the pages.

I like the interviews that talk about how they use their sketchbooks, their various inspiration, and you can learn more about their personalities. With the exception of the author, the rest of the artists are all new to me.

Delightful book. More for those who like doodle-like imaginative drawings. 9781592536948 Is there anything more inspiring than someone else's sketchbook? 9781592536948