Sketchbook habits: prompts

When I start a sketchbook I make a contract with myself and I try to stick to these three Cs: creativity - creativity begets creativity. Sketchbook often;commitment - keep doing it often. Even if it's not as pretty as you'd like, don't give up;carry on - Fill the sketchbook, stow it away somewhere safe and … Continue reading Sketchbook habits: prompts

On being unapologetically eccentric

A short tribute to Jim Henson, a creative superstar Most people probably know who Jim Henson was. If you don't know his name you'll probably know some of his work. He is best known for his creation of the The Muppets (Rowlf the Dog, the Swedish Chef, Kermit The Frog and many of Kermit's Sesame … Continue reading On being unapologetically eccentric

The Sketching from the Imagination series

I like to recommend the books that most inspire me, especially books that can be enjoyed in more than one sitting. This time it's a whole series of outstanding and highly addictive books from independent publisher 3dtotal: The Sketching from the Imagination series. There are currently six titles in this series, I have two in … Continue reading The Sketching from the Imagination series

Travel journals from home

For many of us, even at the best of times, overseas travel is not an option due to work and family commitments and/or the insurmountable expense of going abroad, so we have to make do with living vicariously through others. But the current circumstances have made international travel all but impossible for most of Earth’s … Continue reading Travel journals from home

Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer; A Recommendation

This isn't a book review, it is a recommendation and a tribute to what might possibly be one of the best books ever imagined for creative people. First published in 2013 and revised in 2018, Jeff Vandermeer's Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction is a must read for anyone interested in creativity. You … Continue reading Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer; A Recommendation

Recommended reads: An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory

If you love illustrated journals, anything by creative superstar and co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, Danny Gregory is a must. A good place to start is his compilation of pages from the sketchbooks and art journals of artists, illustrators and designers. In his own words, Danny Gregory searched for a book just like this since he … Continue reading Recommended reads: An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory

Lynda Barry on Creativity

When thinking about inspiration and creativity I always turn to cartoonist, artist /illustrator, writer, teacher and all-round creative superstar, Lynda Barry. Her unique style and body of work reveals an innovative, but relatable mind, and it always gives me great pleasure to listen to and observe her work. I could write pages expounding her extensive … Continue reading Lynda Barry on Creativity

Book arts. Part 2

The advent of visual diaries During medieval times, handmade reference books, or "model books" (also "pattern books) were used as a source for teaching initiates and as examples of lettering, flourishes and ornamentation, which could be copied by scribes in illuminated manuscripts. Loosely, these could be considered early visual diaries. Around the 14th century artists … Continue reading Book arts. Part 2