Category Archives: Sketchbook

Annie Clay

These images are from the sketchbooks of free lance illustrator and textile designer, Annie Clay. The UK-based artist specializes in printed patterns and artwork for clothing, accessories, stationery and home ware. We post these sketches because we feel unfinished drawings or roughs though executed hastily are often art objects in themselves.

You can see more of the artist’s sketches and finished work on her website and on Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Annie Clay.

Gosia Herba

GosiaHerbaWe love the illustrations of Polish illustrator Gosia Herba but we’re focusing today on her sketches for her simplicity in approach and her unusual angular proportions. On an interview with Eye on Design (AIGA) she says this about her work:

“Illustration is my whole life,” she states. “I know that sounds banal, but it’s true. I draw everyday. I wake up at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. I start my work. My day usually ends at 8:00 p.m., though sometimes I work until midnight.”

“Experiments with media are an important stage of my work process. Each technique influences the style and character of the image. My favorite medium is gouache paint. I like its velvet-like color,” Herba explains. “I also use ink, paper cut-outs, and Ecoline. When working on illustration for magazines, I often use a graphic tablet.”

You can follow her on Behance, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and purchase her prints and paintings on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Gosia Herba.

Studio Takeuma

StudioTakeumaThese sketches are the works of Kyoto-based illustrator, Takeuma. We are focusing today on his sketchbooks but the artist is generally known for his cartoon-style editorial and his upbeat look on life. We found a few of his ideas regarding illustration and the tools he uses on an interview with Designboom:

“To create a successful illustration it is necessary to focus on the one central idea you want to express. consequently, I try remove everything that may cause confusion – it’s always an editing process, seeing how much to take out and how much you need to keep to get the right balance.”

“Most of the time (I use) just pencils and a sketch book, then computer. sometimes pens, paints and craft knives. I do not have any preference on what materials I use it all depends on the piece I’m working on and what I’m hoping to achieve.”

Website, Flickr, Tumblr and Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Studio Takeuma.