Anne Laval could be one of the characters we see in her incredibly rich and detailed illustrations, wandering through masses of foliage, making notes and drawing inspiration. She tells us how she uses her love of nature to inform her work.
We really enjoy taking a peek through the sketchbooks of Gerard Armengol for their randomness and eccentricity. They give us an insight into a very spontaneous collection of thoughts and finds. Collaged imagery accompany actual found objects and colourful, and pretty cheeky, pencil drawings.
There’s an exceptional amount of expression that comes tumbling out of the pages of Irina Troitskaya’s children’s book illustrations. Not only has she captured the most entertaining collection of facials expressions on her characters, but the energy and vigour in her mark making also helps to paint in life and charm into her work.
Russel Cobb is an award-winning illustrator based in the UK. His sketchbooks give a great insight into the thought process of an artist who has been voted as one of the UK’s top ten illustrator’s by the Independent newspaper.
Anne-Marie Jones’ work is full of emotion and energy brought out by the intuitive marks and cut-out elements she uses. We really like that you can see the same original vitality of the sketchbooks in the final images. We take a look through some of these sketchbook pages and a few pieces of her artwork.
We all have our own ways of arranging our thoughts, whether it works better for us visually or in written form. It’s interesting to hear mixed media illustrator, Charlie Lewis talk about his own process for doing this and the difference he found in learning the way most suited to himself.
Here’s a little peek into some gorgeously atmospheric mixed media sketchbooks by German artist Anja Zaharanski, aka Anka. The pages of her work are full of very satisfying splashes of paint and ink.