An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers

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 a Find Insight and Inspiration for Your Creative Life An artist's journal is packed with sketches and captions; some...

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Title:An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers
Author:Danny Gregory
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Genres:Art
ISBN:An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:266 pages pages

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers Reviews

  • Michelle
    Dec 09, 2009
    I love seeing people's illustrated journals! My favorites are the ink sketches of cityscapes with splashes of watercolor. Also the ones that look like they're from children's picture books. Wish I could draw like that... ...
  • Chris
    Jun 19, 2015
    3.5 stars. Good look at the journals/sketchbooks of 50 different artistically minded people, including (in their own words) how long they've been keeping a journal, why they keep up the habit, and their preferred materials. ...
  • M
    Nov 02, 2009
    I wonderful little book about the sketchbooks of artists and writers many of us love. It's fatal flaw however is the lack of humility it gives the subject matter as the author treats each subject as if they sketchbooks are sacred texts. The reality that most won't admit is that these w...
  • David Schaafsma
    Jul 22, 2018
    Danny Gregory curated this collection of excerpts from various artists? journals, artists from all over the world. We got insights into the artists as they share their art, their sketches, their works in progress, their thinking on the page in visual form. So everyone does it differe...
  • Bonny
    Jan 15, 2009
    I wasn't going to buy or read this book. I thought that a compilation of several artist's work would be somewhat chaotic. I knew too, that not all the styles of journalling or sketching/drawing would appeal to me, and I thought there would be more of the unappealing genres that I could...
  • Becca
    Aug 16, 2017
    It's a relief that even many of these very talented artists are afraid of a blank page! ...
  • kimberly
    Dec 28, 2011
    Not a book to pick up and read, but more for perusing, to read an interview at a time. A good source of inspiration, especially for those who like to peek into the more secret lives of artists. A bit of a downer in a sense that almost all of these sketchbooks are amazing on their ow...
  • Kay
    May 18, 2008
    I've been listening to Danny's podcast, in which he interviews different artists featured in this book. It's got me very excited for the book's publication. ...
  • Rachel Kopel
    Feb 12, 2009
    I am a great fan of Danny Gregory, but I was somewhat disappointed by this eagerly awaited book. While there are some really lovely examples, such as those of Jane LaFazio and Gay Kreger, and a few others, mostly women, I found that too many of the sketchbooks were simply ugly juvenile...
  • Splendy
    Feb 17, 2011
    If I were smart, I would start a business making spiral-bound sketchbooks with high-quality paper for artists. A frequent complaint among artists in this book is that it?s impossible to find really good, useful sketchbooks. Many make their own by selecting paper and having them custo...
  • Raychel
    Dec 27, 2009
    This book is very inspiring. It is true that it is not purely a Danny Gregory book, but as long as you don't go into the book thinking it is going to be purely Danny, it's a wonderful read. I loved having a book full of all these artists and pages of their sketchbooks. I also like that...
  • Jamie
    Apr 19, 2018
    Found this at the library and I just love it. I've been trying to figure out how to be creative in my life, how to make some kind of art and this book was totally inspirational. You get a peak into the illustrated journals of many artists. I love looking at quirky drawings and reading ...
  • Sherry (sethurner)
    Dec 18, 2008
    I'm a big fan of Danny Gregory, a real cheerleader encouraging people to stop being so hard on themselves and get out there and sketch. His previous books, Creative License and Everyday Matters have inspired hundreds of folks. This book is different. It's a collection of sketchbooks fr...
  • R.M.
    Mar 25, 2009
    I bought An Illustrated Life initially thinking I was going to plow right through. To me, it's much better in small doses. With as many varying personalities, ideas and "art," it was a little daunting to continually read for longer than 15 minutes. The more I read at one sitting the mo...
  • Mel
    Feb 13, 2014
    It is always interesting to me to see how other artist's think and work and there is no better way to do that than to be allowed to peer into their sketch journals. This book is an invitation to do that. I just wish the artists that were chosen were a little more interesting. That bein...
  • Enid
    Apr 15, 2011
    A great collection of pages from artiists' sketchbooks. it was interesting to not only see some pages but to read about how and where they use their sketchbook. very nice! ...
  • Jamie Leach
    Jan 08, 2018
    I loved this book! I have always dabbled in artistic endeavors, but never kept a sketch book...now I do. I loved seeing all the different styles and reading over and over that you should just draw and not stress over it too much...and that it's okay to miss days and it's okay if it isn...
  • Redshirt Knitting
    Mar 28, 2011
    If you like looking through other artists' sketchbooks, then this is the book for you. 266 pages, 50 artists, sketches and text - wonderful! I'm actually still working my way through it, because I can only pore over two or three artists at a time before I have to set the book down ...
  • Larraine
    Dec 13, 2017
    If I was an artist, I think it would be interesting. I read it because it was recommended as a creative resource. My artistry lies in photography. There were a few illustrations I found interesting, but most were more about people who can draw and paint. ...
  • Diane Henry
    Mar 27, 2019
    I?ve had this for years, but recently returned to it for inspiration, and it delivered, in spades. ...
  • Douglas Gorney
    Nov 21, 2017
    Hard to really ever say you've "Read" this kind of book, as it's the sort of thing you keep picking up, leafing through and finding new things in. Maybe it has something to do with the coming of age of the graphic novel, maybe it's that it's a tactile, analog antidote to our digita...
  • Adriana
    Jun 20, 2012
    It?s interesting to see how each artist views the sketchbook as a medium. The texts are explanations by each artist of how they work and why they keep a sketchbook. Some aren?t that interesting, but it works as a glimpse into a wide array of creative minds. It made me want to sta...
  • Luis Molina
    Nov 27, 2012
    This book is not good really boring for me ...
  • Will Simpson
    Oct 20, 2017
    This book is great. The reason I rated it a 4 rather then a 5 is because it seemed full of professional designers who were in a ways showing off. All the jounalers seemed to responding to a questionnaire in the text which got old and predictable. A couple of nuggets I got were, alterna...
  • Robyn Owens
    Dec 31, 2018
    Just the book I needed to inspire me to start a sketch journal. Testimonials of many artists, professionally trained as well as self-taught, and examples of their journals. Highly motivating. ...
  • Olga_evstifeeva
    Feb 14, 2019
    Not quite what I expected, but still enjoyable at times. Lots of doodling and scribbles, which is not my favourite art form, and more or less similar texts about journaling, fear of blank pages, capturing the moment etc. Probably won't open it again. ...
  • Swenja Camphausen
    Jan 20, 2018
    I bought ?An Illustrated Life? because of the cover and I wasn't disappointed! It can be used as workbook, for inspiration or just to make yourself happy while flipping through. It?s not a book you read in one piece , but to have a look in it, if you get stuck in your creative...
  • Diana
    Feb 01, 2019
    Inspirational ...
  • Corinne
    Jul 09, 2019
    I guess I shouldn't of bought this book. I don't know what I was thinking. I was in some mood that passed. Probably looking for a peek behind the curtain of artists. I just started looking at the pictures and that isn't really what it's purpose is. If I wanted to just do that I could o...
  • Oddglass
    Mar 27, 2019
    awesome ...