Following on from Part 1 of our Open Sketchbooks Autumn Selection here are some more glimpses between the covers of sketchbooks from our hard working artists. Whether in the studio, in a café, en route to some far destination, or those quiet moments while relaxing, a sketchbook is an essential companion for illustrators. Any location, any moment of the day, they are our doodle pads, our visual diaries and idea workshops.
A couple of sketches done with Neocolour II watercolor crayons - scanned from my Moleskine travel sketchbook. This spread is of fast sketches I often do when in the passenger seat in the car.
|This other was during a 20 min or so break during a walk. Both done in the north of Provence in France.|
A couple of pictures from my sketchbook, where I do a daily observational sketch. It’s a diary of my life, recording interesting things I get up to, but also days when I do nothing but sit at home and draw the kitchen sink. The first sketch features several iterations of a self-important duck...
|...and the second is of the ceilidh at a friend’s wedding (where I twisted my ankle in the second dance and had to sit out).|
Two images here from my sketchbook, drawings that I did whilst on my travels through Italy!
|... Travel journal through Japan this summer.
Above is an exercise to find a character needed for an online magazine a couple of months ago.
|This is a rough from a current picture book submission. |
I am currently working on a lovely children's non fiction book about a pig. So the sketchbook images attached are some of my observational/research drawings.
|I have a character sheet of my little pig of how he will look in the
book; he's not in a sketchbook.....but on pages of tracing paper. I only
tend to use sketchbooks when I'm 'out and about'.......otherwise
tracing paper for all my other work and ideas.|
A couple of sketches I did where I was practising rabbits and backgrounds. These were the original sketches which I then rendered on my tablet and coloured digitally.
|A couple of sketches from my latest 100dayproject on instagram. Unfortunately I haven't finished the project yet, but I intend to when I find the time. |
Two from the workshops that Lynn Chapman and David Lucas ran at the SCBWI Picturebook retreat.
|Both story ideas will probably lead to some more development in my sketchbooks to see where I might go with them. @Paulhotfrog|
|Elizabeth Marchetti |
Study of Robin the rabbit from my most recent sketchbook.
The first is a collection of possible Tin Soldiers from the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name...
John Shelley is the Illustration Features Editor of Words & Pictures and co-coordinator of the Central East Network. He's illustrated over 50 books for children, many of them published in Japan where he lived for many years, and the USA. Picture books releases in 2016 are Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Shaped the Way You Talk (Charlesbridge, USA) and Yozora o Miage-yo (Fukuinkan Shoten, Japan). Twitter: @Godfox Official Website: www.jshelley.com