Sketchbooks

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.

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbooks

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbooks

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook

Eva Magill Oliver sketchbook