Been a while since we posted pages from a sketchbook.Â The ones posted here were created by Amsterdam-based artist Sarah van Dongen.Â She is a graduate of contemporary literature focusing on childrenâ€™s book.Â Missing the creative life she decided to enroll in childrenâ€™s book illustration at Cambridge, UK and since then has never stopped drawing. The Dutch illustrator takes her sketchbook and art supply everywhere resulting in illustrations based on observation and daily life.Â On an interview with Gumclub she says this about her sketchbook:
â€œMy sketchbooks are like diaries.Â They are a safe place where I can experiment.Â They also hold up a mirror to me in terms of productivity.Â I know when I draw every day it gets a little easier next time.Â And in my sketchbook I see when I last drew, because I add a date everywhere.â€
More of her work can be found on her website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Sarah van Dongen.
When we review an artistâ€™ website we are always drawn first to their sketchbooks as it is a view of their life in that present moment.Â Ralf Nietmann is a graphic designer who in 2006 founded his own design studio in the heart of Hamburg.Â His figurative work always tries and express the one perfect moment evident in the immediacy of his drawing style. We like his work so much that we will probably follow up with more.
The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Ralf Nietmann.
We love sketchbooks and journals here at Cari Mateo and are always on the lookout for unusual designs. Found these particular ones on Etsy and just had to post them. They are the creations of Cyprus-based artist functioning under the business name, Lily Moon. They are blank hand-bound notebooks with different themes and adorned with various illustrations. The artist also does a great job of packaging her sold items. Her love of people, painting, books and nature is evident in her work. Hereâ€s a small insight on the artist from Indie Pretty Perfect blog:
â€œI’m inspired by human emotions, by books or strange stories, by my travels and by the little things in life that are overlooked… I like holding an imaginary magnifying glass over them and wonder at their beauty!â€
â€œI didn’t “intend” for it to be a business. I just wanted to share the images and stories with other people. I was very lucky to find Etsy and join a community that embraced my little world.â€
You can follow the artist on Facebook and on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Lily Moon.