DRAWN IN: An advanced copy sneak peek

I received the advanced copy of my new book Drawn In and couldn’t be more excited! Today I wanted to share some little peeks into the inside. It’s funny how different the pages look to me now bound in a book. I was so used to seeing them on screen or printed as whole spreads. Now having the spine of the artist’s sketchbook match the spine of the book is really noticeable and makes for such a better experience. When flipping through some of the spreads, it actually feels like you are holding the artist’s sketchbook. The book also includes interview questions with the artists. And while I am always immediately enticed by imagery, I still wanted some of the artist’s voice to be part of the book. Here’s a tiny sample of some of the answers I got from the quick interviews with the artists who pages I have featured below:

How does it feel to look at your old sketchbooks? 
Jessica Hische: It’s fun to look at them because my very old sketchbooks (high school and college) were so insanely detailed. I used to throw away sketchbooks if I messed up one page because I was obsessed with them being perfect containers of art. Now my sketchbooks are everything from notepads for taking art direction dictation to brainstorming lists, to doodles while on the phone, to intensely detailed type drawings. I do wish I drew more for fun, but I think I just have too wide a range of interests when it comes to spending my spare time.

Are there any childhood memories that stick out in your mind that may have impacted your artistic life in some way?
Sophie Blackall: When I was twelve, I papered my bedroom wall with New Yorker covers, carefully excised from my father’s archived collection. I used to lie in bed and stare at the illustrations thinking, “One day, I’m going to do that.”

When did you get your first sketchbook? 
Lizzy Stewart: When I was six, I won the consolation prize in a runner-bean growing competition at my school (I grew the smallest bean…the goal was to grow huge ones…I guess maybe it’s a UK thing?) and I won a sketchbook and some felt-tip pens. That was the first one I remember owning. I started keeping a sketch book properly when I was twelve, I think. I got through two or three per year in high school, and I have them all stored away safely. They make me cringe to look at now, but the practice of keeping one going was important to me and definitely shaped the way I use my sketchbooks now. I recently gave my ten-year-old cousin one of my spare sketchbooks when we were on holiday. He rapidly started filling it up. I hope he’s caught the bug!

The sketchbooks below are by Jessica Hische, Lizzy Stewart, Calef Brown, Catell Ronca and Sophie Blackall. Homepage sketchbook image is Ben Finer.
You can preorder a copy of the book here.

More soon! Let me know what you think!


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