I’m introducing a brand new illustration feature post called ‘Sketchbook Sneak’ that focuses only on the inside of the sketchbooks of various illustrators.
I find it a great way to get a sense of what is going on in the minds of the artists, as well as gaining an insight into the relevance of illustration in its early stages, when illustrators rely on basic tools and techniques in making new creations.
The first sketchbook we will be peering into is that of an illustrator going under the alias of ‘Jet-pac Industries’ from Fife in Scotland, who has amassed over 100 sketchbooks of his own. Most of his sketch work is left alone once finished, contributing to an ever expanding collection of drawings.
He usually sketches things out with either soft graphite pencils or coloured pencils. These are then worked into with felt tip pens, dip pens, fine line markers and ‘cheap’ highlighters for the larger areas.
‘At the moment my sketchbook is mostly concerned with ideas for updating the icons on my website and the print projects I’m working on. I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of print and have been making expressive hand cut block prints together with tighter vector based work for my Gocco . It’s all part of the same thing though really, trying to mash together different styles, ideas and approaches into the some sort of legible visual language’.
When asked what it was that inspires his sketches, Jet-pac Industries gave credit to old history, sociology, art and film books, including comic art and various other ephemera, including his National Geographic subscription.
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