Disney has arguably produced some of the most iconic animated films of all time, with famous characters that have sparked the imaginations of both children and adults alike. It’s intriguing to see these original sketches of Disney characters that we all know so well. We’re kind of curious as to what these films would be […]
Fatma’s sketches are some of my favorites. Drawn with a combination of blue ball-point pen, pencil and colored markers, these sketches are breathtaking. I love the flowing lines in the hair; there is just something about the way she draws eyes that really captures my attention. Her use of color is stunning without overpowering the sketch. View her sketchbooking and her main tumblr.
Sophia Ainslie’s body of work, Fragments, speaks to the human body becoming fragmented as well as the landscape we live in. Using imagery collected from an X-ray, residential Google Earth maps, and tiny areas of photographs and sketches made while walking in the New England landscape, the works are very specific to place, both exterior and interior, as well as the space in between.
These days, what with reality becoming increasingly digitized, it’s almost like you don’t have to travel to a place to experience it. Illustrator Lehel Kovacs riffs on this fact with her series of sketches, done from Google street views, of various cities around the world.
Archigram is recognised as an influencer of many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Exhibitions of their work from 1961-1974 have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, and Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002. Despite this, the architectural vision of Archigram is mainly unbuilt and the bulk of their visionary work remained difficult to access, largely stored domestically or in temporary storage.
About three weeks ago, a fellow professor approached me and demonstrated several sketchbook pages from a student who was taking notes with little doodles. He gave a painting demo and the student was illustrating individual paint tubes, labeling them with the recommended colors, and sketching out any other suggested materials. Several days later, during an in-class lecture, I noticed another student using small iconic exemplifications of the material I was discussing.
People tend to think we illustrators carry around our sketchbooks everywhere. A confession: I don’t. That is one of the reason why I love looking at other illustrator’s sketchbooks. Virginia-based Tin Salamunic’s sketchbook tells me a bit about an everyday life in Richmond. And his obsession for cars.
Doug Cowan is an artist’s artist in the purist sense: an illustrator who truly loves his sketchbook. That said, his work is clearly permeated by an overarching sketchbook aesthetic. Cowan doesn’t so much sketch in his book than thoroughly loses himself in it. The result being the most hauntingly beautiful drawings of nature, forlorn figures and everyday ephemera.
I like the sense of escapism in the offbeat work of illustrator, Wacso. By his own admission, his illustrations are ‘all about getting out there and finding cool stuff — a hot dog stand, a cool old building, an old bar, a county fair, a rusted out truck, old people, dogs. Whatever it is you groove on’.