If you read our earlier post, Why Do Designers Still Use Sketchbooks?, you know how important sketching is to graphic designers. Even with all the computer tools available to us, sometimes you just need a blank white page and a pencil to work out a creative idea. For more inspiration, here are a few sites we’ve seen lately that celebrate the sketchbook:
- The Book By Its Cover blog, which covers books and book design, has a whole category about sketchbooks.
- Sketchbooks.org is a site where artists share their sketches.
- Wikipedia’s list of Historical Sketchbooks of Note is a nice reminder that if you keep a sketchbook, you’ll be in the company of Goya, Cézanne, Van Gogh and many others.
- Urban Sketchers publishes drawings from people who travel and sketch cities.
- Illustrator and writer Danny Gregory has published a book of sketchbook art and also posts his own drawings.
- A book review on the Core77 blog mentions two recent books that collected sketchbook drawings from noteworthy designers and artists.
A few inspiring illustrators with sketchbook blogs:
The sketch at the top of this post is from the drawings of Leonardo Divinci.