Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Recent reads

Not a lot happening creatively for the last few days so I thought it might be a good time to mention a few books that got my attention lately and have really inspired me to keep creating. (Aside from the last few days, that is. Ahem.)

The first is Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life. It's essentially a peek into the illustrated journals/sketchbooks of artists and their thoughts on why the journals are important to them and their work. I was immediately into it when I realized Robert Crumb had a piece in it but I think I've since adopted some new favorites.

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Some friends of mine have been giving me copies of Graham Roumieu's Bigfoot books which I highly recommend to anyone who laughs. They are ridiculously funny. The titles alone make me giggle: In Me Own Words, Me Write Book and I Not Dead. When two hunters in the southern US claimed to have found the body of Bigfoot last year, he was quick to issue a press release.

4 comments:

Jenne said...

wow the illustrated life looks really awesome i will totally check that out! i've been keeping a kind of lazy-man's journal. three scrap books actually 1-with stuff i want to make in textile 2 -stuff i want to paint 3 - weird crap that appears in newspapers that. oh wait and 4 - a book with ideas for a new tattoo :p part of it is to try to get a handle on information overload and settle my brain a bit...but i think maybe it's not working so well cause i'm accumulating and archiving without producing. hmmm something i need to think about...it's funny cause i squirrel things away for future use like i'm preparing for sudden scarcity or something....like a giant flood or a depression i wonder if that's what sensory overload is doing to a lot of us. hmmm :)

John Andrews said...

yeah it's really good... i got it for xmas. I'll probably be done with it when you get here if you want to borrow it. i've no journals at the moment... doodling in my watercolor pad.

dominique eichi said...

Hey , I participated in the SketchCrawl here in San Diego and this book was shown around because one of the artist has a mention in this book Jane la Fazio.
We had fun sketching.

Parka said...

An Illustrated Life...

Have been reading lots of good reviews about this book. Can't wait for my copy to arrive.

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