Admiring the illustrations of UK-based freelance illustrator, Melissa CastrillÃ³n. Thought we would share her perspective on the importance of the sketchbook for her work:
â€œSketchbooks play a couple significant roles in the development of my work, primarily I keep sketchbooks as a kind of visual dumping ground. Itâ€™s a cathartic way of getting ideas down, out of my head, through sketches, experiments and colour studies, then seeing all of these separate elements in one place helps me to piece together a single or series of images, though quite often the best work comes out when no planning is involved. Sketchbooks also help me to not become to precious with my work. When it comes to creating a â€˜final imageâ€™ I often use the images straight from my sketchbooks, they have more life and spontaneity to them and the sketchbook as a physical book helps me to understand how to read through pictures. From the turning of a page I can develop each image to follow the next and to hopefully tell a story.â€
Images: Courtesy of Melissa CastrillÃ³n.