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An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers

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Find Insight and Inspiration for Your Creative Life

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:...

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Overview


Find Insight and Inspiration for Your Creative Life

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.

Watch artists—through words and images—record the world they see and craft the world as they want it to be. The pages of An Illustrated Life are sometimes startling, sometimes endearing, but always inspiring. Whether you're an illustrator, designer, or simply someone searching for inspiration, these pages will open a whole new world to you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600610868
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 209,819
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    Worth Owning

    There are some books that you read once and never pick up again, but this is not one of those books. This book is always within my reach. As an artist and a teacher this book is invaluable. It has not only served as inspiration for me as an artist and for my lesson plans but I have passed it along to friends and colleagues as well.
    The illustrations are amazing and I love being able to look inside other people's sketchbooks. The writing that accompanies each artist's sketchbook pages is also helpful and interesting. They describe their sketching habits and discipline, as well as give ideas for sketching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Amazing Book

    This book was very helpful and inspiring.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Inspirational

    As an artist this is one of only two books in my library that inspires me to keep creating art. Looking inside the sketchbooks of other artists is great encouragement to keep a sketch journal of your own.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Layers of inspiration

    Finding this book was a happy accident. As someone with a creative spirit, my intimidation of sketching has kept me from attempting new avenues of art. This book has given me the courage to find my own style. It beautifully illustrates many artists and their personal styles, ranging from elaborate watercolors to penciled lists. It can be read cover to cover for personal narratives, or browsed through and admired. A book of this execution, I would have assumed, costs double what it does. If you can find it, buy it immediately.

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