Artists and Their Sketchbooks

Thoughts on sketchbook keeping from various artists: Allen Shaw, Berlin I SPEAK through my watercolour sketches. I often tell people, “I am the sketchbook and you are my song.” It started off with a course at NID called Environmental Perception, which required us to go into villages and sketch. I have done a permanent repeat […]

Franz Marc’s Sketchbook from the Battlefield

If there’s one thing I love more than a notebook, it’s a facsimile notebook! I have been building up a small collection of books that reproduce artists’ notebooks or sketchbooks and they are among my favorite art books to flip through for inspiration. I’ve already reviewed a few of them: Lynda Barry’s Syllabus (buy here) […]

Some Famous People’s Notebooks

This is an oldie but a goodie and worth linking to again! A collection of wonderful notebooks belonging to various artists, authors,  musicians and others: Nick Cave’s notebook: Keith Haring’s notebook: See lots more at: A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Famous Authors, Artists and Visionaries – Flavorwire Save Save

Richard Diebenkorn’s Sketchbooks

A page from one of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks– on the day his father died, he drew his hat and shoe and hankerchief: “Thanks to a gift from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, 29 of the artist’s sketchbooks will be on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center starting Sept. 9. For over two decades since the artist’s […]

Camille Bryen’s Notebook

I wasn’t familiar with the artist Camille Bryen, but here’s a nice image of one of his notebooks: From an auction listing a few years ago for a lot of 4 notebooks.

Tips for Keeping a Sketchbook

Here’s a post with some great tips and inspiration for keeping a sketchbook, from illustrator Chad Townsend: How to Keep a Sketchbook. From the article: What to carry: Nothing fancy! It doesn’t have to be a high dollar sketchbook. Remember, you’re going to wreck it anyway. What you DO need is something small and portable […]

Notebook Addict of the Week (Again): Wandeka

Wandeka is an artist and writer, originally from Jamaica and now living in Louisiana. I featured her about a year and a half ago when I found her blog post about wanting to join a stationery addict support group. She has since found some support here at Notebook Stories, but it hasn’t cured her notebook […]

Artists’ Diaries at the Smithsonian

I was in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to one of the Smithsonian museums to see a cool little exhibit on artists’ diaries: A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art. It’s not a huge exhibition, and the […]

A Wonderfully Messy Sketchbook

I love this image of an Ellsworth Kelly sketchbook! I found it in a blog post by Zan Popp, who uses it as an example of famous artists’ sketchbooks, and muses about sketchbooks in general: “What I really like enjoy about my sketchbooks is that I allow myself to be messy. I don’t have to […]

Rosa Bonheur Sketchbook

I love the random things I sometimes find from online archives, usually via Google alerts. This one is from the Getty Research Institute: Rosa Bonheur Sketchbook, 1847   Title: Rosa Bonheur sketchbook, 1847. Author/Creator: Bonheur, Rosa, 1822-1899. Creation Date: 1847. Physical Desc.: 1 sketchbook Summary: The sketchbook contains studies of plants, peasants, farm tools, decorative […]