Sketchbooking

It’s been a while since I sat down and typed up a blog post. Life has been keeping be occupied and I’ve been lucky enough to be kept busy at work. This week though a post on Design*Sponge got me thinking about the art of the Sketchbook and the importance of it in the world of the designer.

From the Sketchbook of Caitlin Keegan. Image provided by Design*Sponge.
From the Sketchbook of Caitlin Keegan. Image provided by Design*Sponge.

I’ve kept a journal for years (since I was about 10 actually) to record my thoughts and help me remember the small details of my everyday life. But it wasn’t until I studied abroad at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London that I started recording my thoughts through sketches and drawings. For me there is a joy is being able to look back at a sketch and remember exactly what you were seeing (whether in person or in your mind’s eye) and as landing pad for new ideas or experiments in visualization.

From my college sketchbook, part of a greater study of Pablo Neruda’s work.
From my college sketchbook, part of a greater study of Pablo Neruda’s work.

 

While keeping a journal of images is paramount to the development of an artist or designer, so too is looking at the work of others. In recent years The Sketchbook Project has been sharing thousands of sketchbooks from artists around the world and it’s always so interesting to see what a group of artists do with a packet of paper stapled together. Here is a round-up of a few of my favorite sketchbook images from around the internet.

Pat Perry’s Sketchbook from PatPerry.net
Pat Perry’s Sketchbook from PatPerry.net
From the Sketchbook of Leonardo Da Vinci via drawingsofleonardo.org
From the Sketchbook of Leonardo Da Vinci via drawingsofleonardo.org
Love Birds from the Sketchbook of  Vanessa Valeriano via the sketchbookproject.com
Love Birds from the Sketchbook of Vanessa Valeriano via the sketchbookproject.com

 

"Gestures from Life” from the sketchbook of Glenn Grubbs va sketchbookproject.com
“Gestures from Life” from the sketchbook of Glenn Grubbs va sketchbookproject.com
From “Drawing and the Designer”
From “Drawing and the Designer” at drawingandthedesigner.blogspot

 

Switzerland 1869 from the Sketchbook of John Singer Sargent via the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Switzerland 1869 from the Sketchbook of John Singer Sargent via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

"Arm of a Javanese Dancer” from a Sketchbook of John Singer Sargent via The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Arm of a Javanese Dancer” from a Sketchbook of John Singer Sargent via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Study from the Sketchbook of Edward Hopper
Study from the Sketchbook of Edward Hopper via Drawingandthedesigner.blogspot
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