RESEARCH TASK 3.4: CREATING YOUR OWN VERSION OF REALITY

RESEARCH:

I had a look at different Illustrators’ sketchbooks via the following link:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/

I found the following Illustrators’ sketchbooks interesting:

– Iker Ayestanan:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-iker-ayestaran

– Danielle Kroll:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-danielle-kroll

– Scott Campbell:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/scott-campbells-sketchbooks

– Ashley Goldberg:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-ashley-goldberg

– Claudia Pearson:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-claudia-pearson

– Will Miller:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-will-miller

I MADE SOME NOTES ABOUT THESE ILLUSTRATORS’ SKETCHBOOKS IN RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

IKER AYESTARAN:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-iker-ayestaran

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

Although the article along with the sketchbook entries informs me that Iker Ayestaran created these illustrations at home, it looks like it could’ve possibly been created using previous observations of people in public as reference. His sketchbook entries consist mostly of characters drawn with a variety of positions/ body postures, partaking in a lot of different activities.

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

When looking at his sketchbook entries I noticed that he mostly used the colours: red, blue and black pens, pencils and watercolour paint to create his illustrations. I also noticed the use of collage to include newspaper cuttings.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

He has a very distinct style in which he draws his characters. A lot of the characters seem to have exaggeratedly long legs. He uses simple lines and patterns in order to add detail to the characters’ outfits.

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY?

The limited use of colour creates a striking effect, adding to the dramatic atmosphere portrayed throughout these imaginative illustrations.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

Some of the illustrations consists of more and less detail than others. His use of limited line drawings, is very effective and captures the essence of the image.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

I think most of these images were drawn at a sustained pace. The distinctive style in which Iker Ayestaran draws his characters,

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

DANIELLE KROLL:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-danielle-kroll

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

I absolutely love the sketchbook entries by Danielle Kroll. they are so diverse in content; design; colours; patterns and concepts. The way she includes illustrations of decor; and ‘what I wore’ posts is a playful and charming way to portray how she responds to her environment and daily life with charming illustrations.

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

It seems like Danielle uses a variety of materials, including: watercolour paint; ink; different types of pens/ markers.

DO THEY SKETCH QUICKLY OR ARE THE DRAWINGS MORE SUSTAINED?

I think her sketchbook entries consist of a variety of quick and more sustained sketches.

IF THEY DRAW FAST HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED – HOW IS THE CONTENT EDITED?

I guess some of her ‘what I wore’ dress illustrations could have been drawn/ painted at a faster pace as some of them don’t have a lot of detail. I think the content is edited by only focusing on the fabric patterns of the dresses.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

I think she puts a lot of thought into the layout and design of the images. I think most of them are stylised to create charming images.

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY?

It seems like most of her sketchbook entries are well-thought out and stylised in order to experiment with different designs and concepts.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

I don’t think any of her images in her sketchbook entries on the website are unfinished. I guess she intentionally ‘zooms in/ out’ to focus on specific detail/ items which she wishes to illustrate.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

When looking at the sketchbook entries of Danielle Kroll, it seems like a lot of the images were drawn slowly and with lots of thought regarding design and layout. I think they communicate more effectively as the style is beautiful and charming.

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

I love the playful and diverse collection of different types of images, including: detailed patterns using colourful shapes, lines & dots ; pretty decor; flowers; sketches of buildings; scenes from nature; quotes; dress/ fabric patterns; possible wall paper patterns; fun typography; etc. in her sketchbook. I think it would be fun to keep a small sketchbook to document different things I love or notice daily, for example the collection designs containing colourful patterns; fun quotes; and cute characters.

SCOTT CAMPBELL:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/scott-campbells-sketchbooks

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

When looking at the sketchbook entries of Scott Campbell I notice a lot of random imaginary and playful doodle-like characters throughout his sketchbook, as well as some observational sketches of people. His sketchbook entries portrays imagined characters as well as real life sketches.

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

It looks like he uses mostly pen and pencils in his sketchbook entries. Although he uses sketchbooks occasionally, he mostly uses loose sheets of xerox paper to pen down his ideas and thoughts.

DO THEY SKETCH QUICKLY OR ARE THE DRAWINGS MORE SUSTAINED?

It looks like Scott Campbell has quite a casual/ relaxed approach towards his sketchbook entries. His drawings/ doodles look like they’ve been drawn quickly. It does not seem like he spent a lot of time focusing on detail or refining his images.

IF THEY DRAW FAST HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED – HOW IS THE CONTENT EDITED?

He uses quick/ rough sketches to pen down ideas. He doesn’t seem to document the further development of these images in the same sketchbook.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

In one of his sketchbook entries, I noticed observational drawings of someone smoking. On the same page, it looks like he added doodle/cartoon- like characters that resembles cigarettes. I guess he used his observational drawings as reference to create cartoon characters.

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY?

Using his observational drawings as reference in order to create cartoon-like characters, he used his documentation skills in order to create images that visually communicates a message.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

Most of his sketchbook entries seem unfinished as they look like quickly documented rough sketches/ doodles. His sketchbook seems more like a notebook for ideas, than a collection of detailed illustrations/ sketches.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

I guess compared to his quickly-drawn doodle-like characters, his observational sketches might have taken slightly longer to create, adding more detail and possibly capturing the movement/ atmosphere/ energy of a moment.

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

When looking at the sketchbook entries of Scott Campbell, it is interesting to see how he includes doodle-like characters throughout his sketchbook. He seems to have a very relaxed/ casual manner of using a sketchbook, using it to pen down ideas, instead of creating completed illustrations. At some point in the future, I would like to become more focused on the process of developing ideas instead of creating a completed illustration. The way Scott Campbell prefers to draw on loose sheets of xerox paper, is something we have in common.

ASHLEY GOLDBERG:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-ashley-goldberg

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

It seems like Ashley Goldberg enjoys drawing collections of people or faces, all in a very distinct style. Sometimes repeating images to create a desired effect. It seems like most of her characters’ facial expressions display similar emotions, or rather a lack of emotion. In some of her sketchbook entries, I notice something that resembles a use of doodling in order to create a sense of texture in parts of the images.

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

According to the sketchbook entries of Ashley Goldberg shared on the website, she uses mostly pencil and black pen/ink/ markers in order to create her illustrations.

DO THEY SKETCH QUICKLY OR ARE THE DRAWINGS MORE SUSTAINED?

It seems like some of her sketches were created quickly, while experimenting with with the style, shape and size for a specific character or concept.

IF THEY DRAW FAST HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED – HOW IS THE CONTENT EDITED?

It looks like she drew some characters in pencil and then experimented with the size and formation, repeating the outlines of the character until reaching the desired size and formation.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

Some of the images are drawn in pencil and then repeated until finding the correct size/ shape. A lot of ‘faces’ are repeated into collections and shaped into a variety of formations. Experimenting with lots of different concepts for similar ‘faces’/ images; as well as bizarre shaped bodies. Possibly creating mythical creatures.

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY?

I love the style in which Ashley Goldberg illustrates. I find her illustrations dreamy and magical.. with a sense of mystery… very charming.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

Some of the sketchbook pages have unfinished images.. almost “floating across the pages”.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

I think the images which depicts the illustrators distinct style, looks better when drawn slowly, using fine pen lines to add the detail.

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

I like the way the illustrator uses repeated images to create collections in different formations across a page. I love her distinct style of imaginative dreamy illustrations and how it creates a mysterious effect for the viewer. I love the way her illustrations are so effective as they are, without adding any colour. With time I would love to find my own distinct style of drawing a collection of faces/ characters in order to create dreamy and mysterious illustrations.

CLAUDIA PEARSON:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-claudia-pearson

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

It looks like she enjoys doing a lot of observational drawing out in public, even when she is travelling to interesting places. According to her sketchbook pages visible on the website, she focuses on different things, for example: sketching landscapes; “zooming in” on specific detail of a building or a place; sketching people/ characters within their environment; capturing scenes from different cultures; capturing people on public transport; capturing people with different emotions; or doing different activities, including sleeping; focusing on different people and the detail of their outfits and accessories; “zooming in” on different body parts; etc.

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

By looking at the sketchbook pages of Claudia Pearson, it looks like she uses ink, watercolour paint and pencils.

DO THEY SKETCH QUICKLY OR ARE THE DRAWINGS MORE SUSTAINED?

It looks like her paintings of landscapes and sketches of people with detailed outfits might have taken slightly longer to create than some of her other drawings. Some of her drawings looks like it was sketched quickly, by using rapid lines and focusing on less detail.

IF THEY DRAW FAST HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED – HOW IS THE CONTENT EDITED?

I am not sure whether the content is edited.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

It looks like some of her more detailed sketches of people might have been edited at a later time, fROM previous rough drawings. I am not sure tho.

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY?

The way in which Claudia Pearson chooses what to capture in a specific moment along her journey affects the narrative documented. The way she chooses different aspects of a place or character to ‘zoom in/ out of’ affects what is communicated through the image.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

I am not sure whether some of the images in her sketchbook are unfinished, but some of her watercolour paintings do not portray a lot of detail and therefore leaves that up to the imagination of the viewer.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

I think some of her sketches of people with their different facial features/ expressions visually communicate better. (I think she might’ve drawn these more slowly in comparison to some of her other sketches).

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

By looking at the diverse material used by Claudia Pearson in her variety of sketchbook entries, I feel inspired to start trying a bigger variety of materials when sketching out in public. I think I should definitely experimenting with trying out watercolour pencils, as well as watercolour paint.

WILL MILLER:

http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/sketchbooks/sketchbook-series-will-miller

CONSIDER THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT OTHER ILLUSTRATORS RESPOND TO FIGURES AND ENVIRONMENTS:

By looking at the illustrations of Will Miller it looks like he probably enjoys doodling and might have gotten inspiration for his designs from previous doodles

WHAT MATERIALS DO THEY USE?

It looks like he used pencil to draw the outlines of the designs and then used black pen to draw over it and to fill in more detail. I am assuming that he used different types of marker pens like promarkers to add colour to the illustrations.

DO THEY SKETCH QUICKLY OR ARE THE DRAWINGS MORE SUSTAINED?

By looking at his sketchbook, I would have to guess that some drawings were made quickly, while others are more sustained. By the level of accuracy and straight lines in some of the drawings/ designs, I would imagine that these drawings might have taken longer to create. Other smaller drawings could have been quick little doodles to experiment with different shapes/ formations.

IF THEY DRAW FAST HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED – HOW IS THE CONTENT EDITED?

It looks like some of the smaller drawings were drawn at a faster pace, possibly to quickly ‘test’ or try out a shape/ doodle to see if it would be effective or not.

WHICH SUBJECTS OR PARTS OF THE IMAGES ARE EDITED OR STYLISED?

HOW DOES THE STYLISATION AFFECT THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS AND THE SENSE OF DOCUMENTARY:

I am not sure if his sketchbooks displays a sense of documentary, but the stylisation of the combination of doodles/ drawings/ lines/ shapes/ words and designs definitely affect the communication process of the image.

ARE THEIR ANY PARTS OF THE IMAGES THAT ARE UNFINISHED AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THIS HAVE ON THE OVERALL IMAGE?

There are a lot of images in his sketchbook that are unfinished. Although he didn’t complete them, the pencil lines provide an outline of how he planned to do it. I guess he uses his sketchbook to generate new ideas: by doodling; experimenting; and testing out ideas.

ARE THERE SOME IMAGES THAT YOU THINK COMMUNICATE BETTER WHEN DRAWN SLOWLY?

I definitely think his designs which looks like it was drawn slowly and with a lot of accuracy, creates a bold and fun images.

MAKE NOTES AND REMINDERS OF ANY APPROACHES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY YOURSELF IN FUTURE DRAWINGS:

I love the way he manages to create designs that looks like it has a 3-D effect. The way he combines the use of phrases/ words; doodles; shapes; and lines is very cool. I would love to try an create a 3- D image combination words and doodles, by following his example.

REFLECTION:

It was very interesting to have a look at these illustrators’ sketchbooks. The Illustrators’ sketchbooks I chose to look at in more detail, are very diverse and each illustrator have their own distinct style, creating unique illustrations. Some of the sketchbooks contain observational drawings as seen from the perspective of that specific illustrator, where other illustrators’ sketchbooks contain more images of reality re-imagine by each illustrator. Each illustrator documents their idea of reality in their own way and creatively expresses it in their sketchbooks through imaginative drawings.

By looking at all these unique illustrators’ sketchbooks, I feel inspired to try a variety of new things in the future. There are so many possibilities in which way I could document my reality in my sketchbook and hopefully in time, I will find my own unique style. From using doodles; experimenting with a bigger variety of media; including drawings inspired by a lot of things from my daily life; from experimenting with topography; to trying out a more relaxed approach to documenting my thoughts and ideas in my sketchbook.

There are so many ways in which looking at these illustrators’ sketchbooks and their diverse approaches will influence my future development of the process of creating illustrations.

NAME: Juanita du Toit

STUDENT NUMBER: 522438

COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

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

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