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Collage, Sketchbooks

Cut-Paper Collage Sketchbook Constructs the Charm of Small Towns

Collage sketchbook by Clover Robin

Illus­tra­tor Clover Robin is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. I was first wowed by her last year when I found that she chron­i­cled her trav­els using collage—while on the road! Since then, I’ve been fol­low­ing her work as she fills her sketch­book pages with more cut paper good­ness. Clover writes that she “delights in nature and all things botan­i­cal,” and is “inspired by a child­hood of wood­land walks and coun­try­side ram­bles.” As such, her illus­tra­tions often fea­ture quaint homes and beau­ti­ful blooms that uti­lize a bevy of col­or and tex­ture. Although they’re abstract, Clover arranges the brush strokes, splat­ters, and col­ors to build form. The result is both struc­tured with a sense of spon­tane­ity and freedom—sort of like being out­doors.

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Illustration, Sketchbooks

Celebrity Names Combined with Animals is a “Punny” Creature Hybrid

Celebrity Animal Puns by Lee May Foster-Wilson

Yes­ter­day, I wrote about the ambi­tious #100­daypro­ject of Cheryl Teo—she’s in the midst of build­ing vibrant cut paper scenes on match­book-sized stages. Illus­tra­tor Lee May Fos­ter-Wil­son, aka Bon­bi For­est, is also com­plet­ing this hun­dred day endeav­or. She’s going the 2D route, how­ev­er, and designed a project around celebri­ty ani­mal puns. Justin Beaver, Spaniel L. Jack­son, and Lla­ma Del Rey are just a few of the “pun­ny” crea­tures that she’s drawn.

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Sketchbooks

Spark’ Your Creativity with 60 Joyful Journal Prompts (+ Giveaway!)

Journal Sparks by Emily Neuberger

Have you ever shut down your com­put­er or closed your lap­top case and breathed a sigh of relief? I rel­ish the feel­ing of dis­con­nect­ing from the online world like that. But then, there’s the feel­ing of “What should I do now?” It’s easy to get wrapped up in Wikipedia arti­cles online, but offline? Not so much. Well, I’ve got a sug­ges­tion for you: pick up a copy of Jour­nal Sparks: Fire Up Your Cre­ativ­i­ty with Spon­ta­neous Art, Wild Writ­ing, and Inven­tive Think­ing. Writ­ten by Emi­ly Neuburg­er, it’s a “launch­ing pad” that offers 60 jour­nal prompts to get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

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Sketchbooks

A Colorful Collage Sketchbook is a Modern-Day Homage to Matisse

Julie Hamilton collage sketchbook

For those who exer­cise, you (prob­a­bly) go through a warm up before you start on your work­out. This activ­i­ty tran­scends phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, how­ev­er, and extends to men­tal ones  as well. A sketch­book is the per­fect place to get ~ready~ to illus­trate and try out new tech­niques. Julie Hamil­ton does just this with her col­lage sketch­book. Under the hash­tag #sketch­book_s­tud­ies, she cuts out paper of dif­fer­ent col­ors and shapes, arrang­ing them into var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions that range from fig­u­ra­tive to abstract. In each col­lage, Julie’s trusty pair of scis­sors is her paint­brush—just like Matisse—which gives her images a bold, angu­lar appear­ance.

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1 Theme, 5 Ways: Sketchbooks That Are Handheld Works of Art

Illustrated sketchbooks

The sketch­book is a pow­er­ful place. It’s a place where artists and illus­tra­tors can play—try out new tech­niques, sub­ject mat­ter, or even jot down the occa­sion­al note. Many peo­ple pre­fer to keep these books pri­vate, and I don’t blame them. They can be incred­i­bly per­son­al spaces. So, I’m always delight­ed by those who choose to let us in on their sketchbook—it’s like see­ing how someone’s mind works.

There are some who, with lit­tle effort, are able to make every page of their sketch­book look like a fin­ished work of art. These books, in turn, are not just places to jot down lists or make a sil­ly doo­dle. Rather, they’re inti­mate gal­leries that trav­el with them as they move through­out the world.

Here are 5 dif­fer­ent illus­tra­tors who take the sketch­book to a whole new lev­el.

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Sketchbook Paintings That Come Alive Before Your Eyes

Last week, we took a peek into the shape-shift­ing sketch­book of Eva Mag­ill-Oliv­er. Artist Bryce Wymer, aka A Flat Earth, is anoth­er cre­ative who for him, a sketch­book is a portable gallery to show­case his beau­ti­ful and mys­te­ri­ous paint­ings. And if that’s not enough, Bryce has cre­at­ed a series of short time-lapse videos that demon­strate his process.

The videos are a com­bi­na­tion of show-and-tell and paint­ing in progress. Bryce will often start out by flip­ping through some com­plet­ed (or near­ly com­plet­ed) spreads, and then he’ll com­plete an illus­tra­tion right before our eyes.

Check out some of Bryce’s videos, as well as his sta­t­ic spreads. (h/t Less Talk More Illus­tra­tion)

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The Shape-Shifting Sketchbooks of Eva Magill-Oliver

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbooks

I’m a huge fan of sketch­books… prob­a­bly because my attempts to keep them always come up short. So, it’s no won­der that I’ve been fawn­ing over Eva Mag­ill-Oliv­er’s books the past few days. They’re a com­bi­na­tion of beau­ti­ful col­ors, bold shapes, and play­ful design. Unlike my pen­cil scrib­bles and slop­py note-tak­ing, she uses each spread as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to make organ­ic works of art. Eva will cut into pages, arrange pieces on top, and go out­side of the book by attach­ing oth­er bits of paper. In this way, the con­fines of the spreads are mere­ly a suggestion—one that she’s hap­py to dis­re­gard.

In her artist state­ment, Eva writes that nature dri­ves her col­or and imagery. “The nat­ur­al world is an infi­nite resource for doc­u­ment­ing and explor­ing shapes, pat­terns, and tex­tures,” she says. “It also invites per­son­al reflec­tion and med­i­ta­tion.” Just like a sketch­book.

Fol­low Eva on Insta­gram to see what she’s work­ing on now.

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