While researching different artists’ sketchbooks, I created my own sketchbook entries and illustrations inspired by them. I also created pin boards on my Pinterest account for each artist. (Pinterest account: lovemelovemyboat)

I focused on the following 4 artists’ sketchbooks:

– Frida Kahlo

– Pablo Picasso

– Sonia Delaunay

– Frances Pickering

Although I didn’t create sketchbook entries specifically inspired by the following artists, I also looked at their sketchbooks and artwork on Pinterest:

– Danny Gregory

– Grayson Perry

– Ronald Searle

– Paul Gauguin

– David Hockney

– Leonardo Da Vinci

I had a look at different artists’ sketchbook entries in the above books :

BRERETON, R. (2012) Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives. London: Laurence King Publishing.

KAHLO, F., LOWE, S.M., FUENTES, C. ( 1995) The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate self-portrait. New York: H.N. Abrams.

PICASSO P; GLIMCHER, M., GLIMCHER, A. (1986) Je Suis Le Cahier, The Sketchbooks of Picasso, London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.

I had a look at different artists’ sketchbooks in the book, “Sketchbooks, the hidden art of designers, illustrators & creators”. It was very interesting to see the different ways in which artists use their sketchbooks and how they express themselves and their ideas using so many different styles, each unique to the artist.

The following were my favourites:

– Marc Taeger (pg.218 -223)

The pages which I have seen from this artists’ sketchbooks, contain very childlike doodles and abstract drawings. I love the way the doodles are arranged over printed text on pg.220 – 221. It’s interesting how he uses a limited amount of colours to create such a playful effect.

– Isidro Ferrer (pg.102- 107)

When looking at the illustrations on pg.106 &107, I like the combination of using different layers of text, paint, doodles, collage and illustrations on top of each other. It creates a very unique effect and style.

– Hendrik Delehag (pg.66 – 71)

I love how although the artist uses mostly black, the illustrations seem alive. I like the variety of different styles & sizes of text; different sizes of little drawings, all combined together to create a striking and holistic effect.

– Pep Carrio (pg. 46- 51)

I like the way the artist uses a variety of different styles of collages to express his daily ideas and thoughts in his sketchbook. To me, the simplicity of it, is very stylish.

– Serge Bloch (pg.40- 45)

I find the artists’ sketchbook pages contain both simple cartoonish drawings, as well as more complicated illustrations. His sketchbooks entries are both very playful and funny, some portraying a short story.

– Pablo Amargo (pg. 22- 27)

The artist has a very unique style, creating great sketchbook pages without much detail. The limited use of colour and detail, creates a striking unfinished affect using some text and shape.

NAME: Juanita du Toit


COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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