Illustrators' Sketchbooks

Inside the Creative Processes of 60 Iconic and Emerging Artists

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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2023

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Explore the creative process with iconic and emerging illustrators through selections from their sketchbooks.

This inspiring collection is an ode to the power and possibilities of the sketchbook. It features the journal pages of sixty artists from around the world and across history, including nostalgic favorites like Jean de Brunhoff, Tove Jansson, and Beatrix Potter and contemporary icons like Beatrice Alemagna, Oliver Jeffers, and Shaun Tan.

Curator Martin Salisbury draws on decades of experience as an illustrator and educator to shed light on the lives and work of each artist. A treasury of rough sketches, note-filled margins, collaged pages, color explorations, and thumbnail drawings reveals the importance of the journal in the artmaking process. Some sketchbooks are works of art in themselves, while others showcase playful ideas and happy accidents. This beautifully designed anthology offers readers a glimpse into the raw imagination at the heart of stories and characters treasured across generations.

Explore the creative process with iconic and emerging illustrators through selections from their sketchbooks.

This inspiring collection is an ode to the power and possibilities of the sketchbook. It...

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ISBN 9781797227658
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This was a fun look through sketchbooks of different illustrators, along with some background info about them and their careers.

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I was fascinated while reading this book and seeing the sketches of these artists with different styles. It’s a beautiful read containing the artists' names, a short biography, and their illustrations which were all amazing and captivating.

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I absolutely cannot wait to get a hard copy of this book for my classroom. This book of artists sketchbooks is so well organized, researched and put together. This will be an amazing classroom tool to give my students a look into the art and thought processes of other artists.

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This was an interesting book to read. I enjoyed the sketches and illustrations and the various styles of art. It was also interesting to learn a little bit about each artist.

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Illustrators' Sketchbooks gives anyone interested, students, artists, and admirers, a look into various artists' sketchbooks. These looks are accompanied by prose that places the sketchbook in a time and place within the illustrator's life and how that artist used their book to grow their career and start projects. This book would be great for any aspiring artist or student looking to get a glimpse into the creative process of people who are noted to be successful.

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What an interesting book! I loved reading a bit about each illustrator and getting glimpses into their sketchbooks and seeing different artistic styles. It was quite remarkable.

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I can’t wait to browse this amazing book in person! Definitely one for the shelf of an artist, illustrator or anyone who loves a book full of art!
The artists featured are varied and interesting and I discovered some illustrators new to me as well as some I recognized.

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I was mesmerized by this book. I didn’t know most of the artists but I was so amazed at all the different styles and techniques. Some were simple sketches, while others were so extraordinary. This was wonderful and I don’t have enough words to describe how much some moved me.

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