I came across The Corona Diary, by illustrator Vic Lee while rummaging around the internet looking for illustrated diaries. The video below is a flip through of the limited edition printed book with commentary by Vic Lee himself, found on his own YouTube channel. I am as much attracted to the typography as to the accompanying illustrations. This graphic-novel-style diary seems to be taking the internet by storm, and well it should. It takes a lot of faith to publish a personal account of such troubling times of uncertainty and division. This looks to be an impressive chronicle of six months of the year 2020.
The book won’t be available in Australia until January 2021. Nevertheless, I will be very keen to get my hands on a copy.
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 career and many skills, but I feel I’d just be repeating the many good articles already written about her. Besides, she is a person best understood in her own words and pictures.
If you have an interest in where creativity comes from, or why we do it, Lynda Barry has a few ideas. Watch her 2012 Inktalks presentation.
Barry has produced a number of books including illustrated novels, collections of her comics, and books on creativity. Here are two flip-throughs from the YouTube channel Art Book Walk-throughs & Reviews.