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Drawn In: Artists’ Sketchbooks

Keeping a sketchbook or journal is a great way to practice drawing, jot ideas down and keep a record of things. But sometimes it seems a bit daunting to fill up all those empty pages, so I thought it would be great to see what other artists do with their sketchbooks.


Luckily for me, Julia Rothman, creator of the beautiful blog, Book By Its Cover, has already compiled a book full of sketchbooks: Drawn In: A Peek Into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers & Cartoonists (published by Quarry). Here’s a few of my favorite drawn diaries from the book:


(above) Tad Carpenter, Kansas City, Missouri



(above) Lars Henkel, Essen, Germany



(above) Sarajo Frieden, Los Angeles, California



(above) Sam Bosma, Baltimore, Maryland



(above) Renata Liwska, Calgary, Canada



(above) Ted McGrath, Brooklyn, New York



(above) Andy J Miller, Columbus, Indiana


As you can see, they each have a preferred medium, and some incorporate collage too. I love how Ted McGrath’s books are bursting! All images are from Julia Rothman’s Drawn In, published by Quarry Books. If you’re curious about the author, check out her interview on Brain Pickings, or click here to see more sketchbooks. Click on the artist name above to see more of their work.

OK, now get working on yours!

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