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An Illustrated Life

Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

By Danny Gregory

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 December 2008
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.

About 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.

EAN: 9781600610868
ISBN: 1600610862
Publisher: Northlight
Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 x 2 centimetres (0.93 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Maria Wimbridge on
Some beautiful illustrations are contained within the book. My favourite is on page 107 combining sketches and words which I try to use with my family history. There are many pages and aspects within 'An Illustrated Life'. If your not browsing the book, it make great table book to encourage or inspire when you have a moments break.

Articles from the many contributors are varied and inspiratioal.
I found this book to be quite inspirational - although not every page was not to my taste, there are some good ideas for starting out an artful journey.
If you need a boost to grab your journal, or enjoy perusing the work of others, then this is the book for you. Like a bound copy of 'Daily Matters' blog, this inspiring book takes pride of place on the coffee table, fall to indulge in. A heady mix of voyeurism, artistic expose and kick in the pants motivation, 'An illustrated Life' encourages you to pick up moleskine and pen and saunter down to your local haunt for a good bit of deep looking (and drawing!). It must be noted that all contributors are referenced for easy web-surfing, which is great, as many of them have brillant blogs in their own style.
Buy it. Devour It. Go draw.
Michelle England on
A wonderfully inspiring book. Loved it so much, I am tracking down other books by the same author. Everyone is creative in their own way, and this book shows the diversity of different styles, different people, different ways of expressing life. If you have an interest in autobiography's, journals, or creative ideas, you will enjoy this book.
Wonderful, beautiful and inspirational! A gift for those who think their doodles and sketches mean nothing. Your marks on the page mean something! Be introduced to the brave, the wise, the creative and the ordinary. Be introduced to the illustrated journal.

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