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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of… (edición 2008)

por Danny Gregory (Autor)

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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.… (más)
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Título:An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers
Autores:Danny Gregory (Autor)
Info:HOW Books (2008), Edition: 13563rd, 272 pages
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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers por Danny Gregory

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I've had this book sitting on a table next to my recliner for a few years now and finally picked it up to read (my wife, the artist, got it for herself). I am fascinated with the thought processes of any artist, whether visual, musical, literary, architect, ... This is a specific snapshot, well... collection of snapshots, of some thoughts and processes. Fifty artists (including the author), fifty samplings from their sketchbooks, their preferences for ink, pencil, types of pens,... and types sketchbooks - Moleskine seems to be popular, but some prefer off the shelf whatevers, some make their own. What they think about, why they sketch, what they do with their sketches, and other words of their choices. I was both surprised and not at some of the commonalities.

A few Takeaways I flagged:

Mattias Adolphsson: "I find that drawing in my sketchbook is easier for me than using other media."

Butch Belair: "I usually draw in my car. Very few people know I am doing it... Having people watch while I do it would be a bit of a buzzkill. Don't tread on my Zen, man."

Bill Brown: "My sketchbooks are filled with words and pictures I haven't started second-guessing yet."

Robert ("R.") Crumb: "My advice: Draw from life as much as you can stand to. That's where you really learn things, And learn to express your real, personal feelings. And don't worry about creating masterpieces or only drawing the pretty things. Look for the commonplace, the unnoticed details of everyday reality. To draw fro life is to learn from life. But you know, you need to be compelled by some inner need to fill the blank page, It's gotta come from within."

Barry Gott: "I don't care if the drawings are logical or done well, which is helpful since theri neither."

Gay Kraeger: "I love the way I see the world since I stated drawing. I like seeing how everything relates to everything else."

Brody Neuenschwander: "When I draw, I am thinking about how some kind of intensity of meaning can be brought to a genre that has no receptive field in our society [calligraphy]."

A nice collection. I'm not a fan of much of the art I saw, but that doesn't stop me from admiring the artists, and their processes. ( )
  Razinha | Jun 8, 2020 |
A really nice compilation of selections from a very diverse range of sketchbooks and illustrated journals, paired with interviews of each artist. It appears that all were asked the same questions, which brings out interesting recurring themes. I found the layout a bit challenging -- I wanted thumbing through it to be more like looking at, well, an illustrated journal, but instead there is so much information and condensed imagery packed onto each page that my eye has a tendency to just glance off it -- yet for the patient reader, this is still a marvelous and very inspirational assemblage of creative work. I was excited to see names like Chris Ware and R. Crumb here, but enjoyed looking at the journals of more obscure artists just as much. ( )
  bookherd | Nov 13, 2015 |
[a:Danny Gregory|18678|Danny Gregory|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg] has been recommended to me many times, especially by Amy of the Creative Mom podcast, a very creative and high quality podcast. I bought the book she uses as her bible (it sounds like), [b:The Creative License|40168|The Creative License Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are|Danny Gregory|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1169417768s/40168.jpg|39853] after I had reserved [b:An Illustrated Life|4214|Life of Pi|Yann Martel|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CJ3996V3L._SL75_.jpg|1392700] at the library. Of course I received them all the same week. I think that this book will be similar to the one I loved by the [a:Jennifer New|1265|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1176491679p2/1265.jpg], [b:Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art|493955|Drawing From Life The Journal as Art|Jennifer New|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175212818s/493955.jpg|482120], but I will let you know after I have given it a thorough going over!

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I looked through it very carefully and it does turn out to be the same idea as the [a:Jennifer New|1265|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1176491679p2/1265.jpg] book, [b:Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art|493955|Drawing From Life The Journal as Art|Jennifer New|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175212818s/493955.jpg|482120]. I didn't read all the text and will probably only read some of it, but some of the journals [a:Danny Gregory|18678|Danny Gregory|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg] chose are really not my style. I have a hard time appreciating art that is, in my view, ugly. I found some of the journal entries to be filled with sketches, drawings and paintings that I had an almost impossible time appreciating. The ones that really got to me seemed to be grotesque combinations of humans and animals.

Even later:
I looked through the book again and read more of the entries. I have to admit that there are a lot of sketches and drawings which are not revolting. I found the words of the some of the artists intriguing as well. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
I ♥ this book, its exactly what I've been seeking for a long while. Its full of gorgeous images and inspiring details of drawing journals.
  jason_chaotic | Jun 3, 2009 |
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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.

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