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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers [Paperback]

Danny Gregory
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Book Description

30 Jan 2009
An artist's journal is packed with sketches and captions; some rough, some polished. The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers. The cover may be travel-worn and the pages warped from watercolors. Open the book, and raw creativity seeps from each color and line. The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist's mind: You get a direct window into risks, lessons, mistakes, and dreams. The private worlds of these visual journals are exactly what you'll find inside An Illustrated Life. This book offers a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of 50 top illustrators, designers and artists. Included are sketchbook pages from R. Crumb, Chris Ware, James Jean, James Kochalka, and many others. In addition, author Danny Gregory has interviewed each artist and shares their thoughts on living the artistic life through journaling.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: F+W (30 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610868
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 25.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny Gregory has lived all over the world from Australia to Pakistan. He is currently Executive Creative Director of ad agency McGarry Bowen. His visual journaling Yahoo group has more than 2,300 members and his Everyday Matters blog receives thousands of visitors a month.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring. 28 Jan 2009
By Roberto
Being a regular viewer of Danny Gregory's Blog, plus an owner of his
other published works, I was really looking forward to this, and the first thing that hit me when it arrived, was the size of it...
...it's a BIG book, but you are not disappointed when you open it. Its a wonderful insight into the journals and sketchbooks of a wide variety of very different artists. Printed on lovely uncoated stock, the illustrations and editorials throughout provide hours of enjoyment. I cant stop picking it up!
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
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When I was searching for information about the book, I found a lot of positive reviews. And I really mean A LOT. It's one thing that a book is well liked. It's another when it's so well liked people are actually talking about it.

An Illustrated Life is a compilation of sketchbook pages from 50 illustrators all over the world. Each journal is packed with sketches, captions and a narrative as the artist talks about his sketchbook. At 266 pages, some of the scans are a little small if you want to read the writings. One reader I found bought a magnifying glass just to make sure every detail isn't missed.

Every page is a surprise, every page is a discovery, a glimpse of what the artists is thinking, seeing and feeling. It's the perfect book to go to when you're looking inspiration and motivation.

Most artists have their websites listed. It's another avenue for exploration. Jjust to name some, they are R. Crumb, Christoph Niemann, James Jean, Peter Ankle, Cathy Johnson, James Kochalka, Brody Neuenschwander, Chris Ware, Stefan Sagmeister etc.

Danny Gregory has published a truly wonderful book. I really love it. It's well worth every single cent.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me drawing straight away..... 5 Feb 2010
I bought this book after searching through many that could possibly help me get back into the 'sketchbook habit'. I am planning to apply to an uni art course next year (as a mature student)and really wanted some inspiration of how to set out my sketchbooks to include as part of a portfolio.

This book isnt about your normal sketchbooks i.e. the one-drawing-per-page type from back at school, but more so the journal kind where anything and everything is recorded; pen and pencil thumbnails whilst commuting, collage using bus tickets and receipts, diary entries experimenting with different fonts - you name it. The artists in this book have taken journaling to the next level with excellent sketches from observation and memory, as well as lots of imaginative bits and pieces (one artist visually records their dreams).

Although the majority of artists in the book have had formal art training, a handful are self taught and are doing extremely well with their art. It shows that there is no hard and fast rule as to how you should keep a sketchbook, and to say I flew out of my chair to start drawing straight away would be an understatement!!

I am so pleased I bought this book, and since then I have been recording events from my day visually every day in my sketchbook. I think that by the time I come to apply to art school, I shall have a good few books full up with some (hopefully) impressive and unique pages. You will get all manner of ideas from this book, and it is one that you can dip into time and again - highly recommended!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration 6 Feb 2009
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I defy anyone vaguely creative to pick up this book and not be inspired by it. What it gives us a glimpse into are the sketchbooks of quite a few artists. Some of the artists are professionals ; some market their work while also doing a bread-and-butter job; others create for the sheer love of doing so. Each artist has submitted a few pages of drawings, watercolours, etc from their sketchbooks, and a few paragraphs on such things as : why they sketch, what kind of art materials they prefer, what inspires them, etc. There are also photos showing people's workspaces-as a creative person myself (writer rather than visual artist) I am always keen to see THOSE !

AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE is edited by the always-worthwhile Danny Gregory. Creatives from 9 to 90 will really treasure this big and generous book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Andre Lawrence TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've never seen a book like this before! These are a collection of private entries from the diary/journals of artists from around the world.

Included are some well-known ("R. Crumb") to the obscure. Teachers and professors, retired and entrepreneurs, housewives and the very affluent, they're all here side by side.

Apart from the illustrations the artists' kept, the most compelling thing are the notes. You get the real sense that if art weren't a part of their lives, in some active way, then they would cease to function as human beings. These are some very raw emotions revealed.

"The true purpose of my sketchbooks is to help me celebrate and truly experience my life...If I don't have my journals with me, I invariably miss them."
-- Cathy Johnson, painter & illustrator

"I draw with fountain pens. A Montblanc `Meisterstuck #149" and a Mamiki `Falcon.' I use ink from Noodler's and watercolors. When I restarted my sketching, I chose Moleskin sketchbooks"
-- Mattias Adolfsson

"Doodling in my books can also be therapeutic. I've genuinely had nasty or upsetting experience that I've been able to get through much more easily by documenting them."
-- Peter Arkle

"My sketchbook is an extension of my art studio. My sketchbook is a place where anything goes."
-- Rich Beerhorst

"A book means a sequences of pages. A sequence means a story and I like to tell stories, even if sometimes it's with no words...I often encourage my children, their friends and students to keep a sketchbook. It is...to consider drawing as a language, like writing."
-- Simonetta Capecchi

"I've gone through many in-out periods of drawing--especially in more recent times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars various artists
An intruiging and interwesting insight into illustrators doodles and drawing techniques. Good as a coffee table book for casual viewing or for those interested in developing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracie Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars An illustrated life indeed!
inspiring.. and this from an artist/ illustrator! :-) A look at how you can compose and portray linear thoughts and ideas and get them all down onto paper, which serves well as you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph P. McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD PURCHASE
Published 7 months ago by Sandhead Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
If you love other people's sketchbooks and drawings you will love this. Wonderful.
Great variety of work by various artists.
Published 7 months ago by mrs s evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is a great book! It's full of wonderful and inspiring images. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in art :)
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent teaching tool
This is a really excellent book. We run journaling holidays in Italy and this book never fails to inspire our artists. Read more
Published 8 months ago by c.crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
I bought this to inspire my pupils to describe pictures and to be more creative when wriiting. I am an English teacher, and this book offers beautiful pictures for pupils to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I love flipping through this book. So fun and very inspiring. It's great getting a glimpse into the sketchbooks of other artists. :)
Published 9 months ago by Ruru
3.0 out of 5 stars Novelty volume
Interesting insight into how artists think and plan. The presentation could have been improved, such as the cover, to make it more faithful to sketchbooks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rosalind Minett
4.0 out of 5 stars overall great book
Arrived quickly. Great spectar of artists. Gives insight into their personal creative thinking. Very attractive book.I enjoy it. Very Inspirational. Would recommend.
Published 10 months ago by Deniza Hush
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