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by Danny Gregory

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A really nice compilation of selections from a very diverse range of sketchbooks and illustrated journals, paired with interviews of each artist. It appears that all were asked the same questions, which brings out interesting recurring themes. I found the layout a bit challenging -- I wanted thumbing through it to be more like looking at, well, an illustrated journal, but instead there is so much information and condensed imagery packed onto each page that my eye has a tendency to just glance off it -- yet for the patient reader, this is still a marvelous and very inspirational assemblage of creative work. I was excited to see names like Chris Ware and R. Crumb here, but enjoyed looking at the journals of more obscure artists just as much. ( )
  bookherd | Nov 13, 2015 |
[a:Danny Gregory|18678|Danny Gregory|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg] has been recommended to me many times, especially by Amy of the Creative Mom podcast, a very creative and high quality podcast. I bought the book she uses as her bible (it sounds like), [b:The Creative License|40168|The Creative License Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are|Danny Gregory|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1169417768s/40168.jpg|39853] after I had reserved [b:An Illustrated Life|4214|Life of Pi|Yann Martel|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CJ3996V3L._SL75_.jpg|1392700] at the library. Of course I received them all the same week. I think that this book will be similar to the one I loved by the [a:Jennifer New|1265|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1176491679p2/1265.jpg], [b:Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art|493955|Drawing From Life The Journal as Art|Jennifer New|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175212818s/493955.jpg|482120], but I will let you know after I have given it a thorough going over!

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I looked through it very carefully and it does turn out to be the same idea as the [a:Jennifer New|1265|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1176491679p2/1265.jpg] book, [b:Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art|493955|Drawing From Life The Journal as Art|Jennifer New|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175212818s/493955.jpg|482120]. I didn't read all the text and will probably only read some of it, but some of the journals [a:Danny Gregory|18678|Danny Gregory|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg] chose are really not my style. I have a hard time appreciating art that is, in my view, ugly. I found some of the journal entries to be filled with sketches, drawings and paintings that I had an almost impossible time appreciating. The ones that really got to me seemed to be grotesque combinations of humans and animals.

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I looked through the book again and read more of the entries. I have to admit that there are a lot of sketches and drawings which are not revolting. I found the words of the some of the artists intriguing as well. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
I ♥ this book, its exactly what I've been seeking for a long while. Its full of gorgeous images and inspiring details of drawing journals.
  jason_chaotic | Jun 3, 2009 |
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Collects excerpts from the personal sketchbooks of fifty artists, illustrators, and designers such as R. Crumb, Cathy Johnson, Chris Ware, and others.

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