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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designersby Danny Gregory
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Artist and writer Gregory provides a valuable source of inspiration with this collection of exerpts from artists sketchpads and journals. Ranging from utilitarian to meticulous, the entries offer insight into the private creative world of 50 artists, illustrators and designers. Each entry provides information on the artist, a selection of their drawings, and an essay by the artist discussing what sort of sketchpad/journal they prefer; the process, subject matter, and materials they use to create; and what journaling means for them personally. Artists featured include Rick Beerhorst, Robert Crumb, Seamus Heffernan, James Kochalka and Marilyn Patrizio. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An Illustrated Life offers a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of top illustrators, designers and artists from around the world through the pages of their personal visual journals. Popular visual journalist and author Danny Gregory reveals how and why keeping a consistent, visual journal leads to a more fulfilling creative life. Designers and artists working in all mediums will find creative inspiration from these insightful interviews and stunning examples.
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