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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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