Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Being an Open Book

Aside from client projects, in the past few months I've been taking a break from making "finished" personal art to concentrate more on my sketchbooks. Part of the reasoning behind this was to get away from the computer and the other part was to simply just get better at drawing.

Extremely inspired by children's illustrator, Renata Liwska, I have filled 4 and a half sketchbooks in the past few months. Here they are:



I'm sure that most of you have seen Renata's sky high sketchbook stacks:


A Quiet Look - How to become a children's book illustrator in one (not so easy) step from mike kerr on Vimeo.

Seeing this video and learning how Renata works reminded me of all the work I should be doing to achieve my goals.

Another artist I've been following for many years is Pascal Campion. This video, made by a friend of his, is about his "Sketch of the Day" emails:


Inspirational Artists: Pascal Campion from Onyx Cinema, Inc. on Vimeo.

This interview is from 2 years ago and, wouldn't you know, he still makes a new sketch every day. You can sign up to receive an email from him every day with a new sketch on the main page of his website.

Both Renata and Pascal's sketches look like finished art to me, but they are so practiced. What Pascal says in this interview really hit home for me. I feel that I need to not only keep sketchbooks, I want to show them to people. Therefor, just for funsies, I decided to step even further out of my comfort zone to make an uber-amateur video. :) Enjoy!


Flipping Through Sketchbooks from Renee Kurilla on Vimeo.

Thanks so much to everyone for your continued support on our blog!

Cheers!
~Renee


23 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting these amazing videos! I have a ton of sketchbooks but they don't look ANYTHING like theirs of yours! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement to take a break and get back to pencil and paper and create something that is more than a quick sketch :)

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    1. Thanks, Deb! Glad you liked it...I bet your sketchbooks are better than you think! Going through them is like flipping through a diary, you have moments of reflection. :)

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    2. I have sketchbooks that go back into the mid 90's. The downfall to being digital the past 10 years, is that my sketches are not as detailed as when I had to ink things by hand. I sketch out the beginnings, making notes about things to turn, or move, etc. But I do all of the final sketching and cleaning up after I scan in the rough. I love working this way. It's a challenge to do a more detailed sketch in my sketchbook without the benefit of CRTL Z and layers! I'm doing it though!

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  2. This was just wonderful! Your sketches look like finished art to me! Thanks for the reminder to get back to sketching. I get pretty caught up in creating a "finished" piece of art and then I hardly sketch. It's mostly because I've only discovered watercolor a few months ago and I'm completely addicted BUT now I've almost completely stopped sketching. Ok, gonna get back to it! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I've been playing around with watercolor, too...it IS fun :D A good sketchbook practice I do is I make shapes all over the page with watercolor, let it dry, and then go back and draw characters over the shapes. Just to see what happens. :) Good luck!

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  3. Thank you for all the support you give fellow illustrators by sharing your experience, strength and hope. When my resolve is failing one of the SMA posts pop up and a fire is rekindled. I can't thank you girls enough for keeping this girl in the game.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn!! I'm so happy that our blog does that for other illustrators. That was the goal and it feels really nice to know it's working. Thank YOU for following along!

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  4. Love this - and thanks for the great score too! Anyone have a particular favorite when it comes to sketch book quality, the feel of the paper, the binding, the covers? I need a new one, and feel inspired here to go ahead and buy in bulk!

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    1. Thank you! My favorite sketchbooks are the Strathmore Field Sketch books. The paper is just perfect for pencil and ink together. :)

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  5. Your sketchbooks are awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  6. Simply fabulous, Renee! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I probably missed a few good sketches because I was nervously flipping, hehe.

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  7. AWESOME.

    I am super duper inspired, Renee. I looooove peeking in other people's sketchbooks. Thanks so much for posting. I just found out that Canson is no longer producing my fave sketchbook, so I ordered 20 of them from an art store online. Time to put them to good use. =)

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Lisa! I love it too, it's the most special thing, being able to peek in someone's sketchbook. Ha! And I wonder if having 20 sketchbooks in queue will make you sketch more, keep us posted! I'd love to see a picture of them all stacked up! :D

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  8. Loved the video your sketches are great I really need to get back to doodling more. Haven't done a lot since the challenge ended.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary! Sometimes I just sit with a blank page and I start drawing with no idea in mind, but I let my pencil just go in circles - eventually an idea will pop out. Sometimes what happens is just...awful - but sometimes it turns into a bigger idea. I fully encourage doodling because of those "good days" :D

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  9. Renee, Have loved your work since first seeing your sketches last year and love, love, love, getting a peak inside your sketchbook as well as the others in the other two videos. I was soo inspired by the Sketch a Day Challenge in November (and Debbie Oh's Daily Doodles) that I have been doodling every day since. I even hosted the Doodle Day May challenge to share the fun of freeing your creativity through doodles with anyone and everyone who wanted to try it and join me. Love this blog, too - Now to go figure out how to follow it so I don't miss the next post!

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    1. Thank you, Alison! Hosting challenges like that is exactly the right idea. We're all in this together and it helps to not only get your ideas out, but to form friendships with other illustrators! Keep going!

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  10. Renee, thank you so much for this wonderful post and encouragement to sketch! Love the sketchbooks and the introduction to Pascal Campion. Only complaint - you flipped your pages too fast--I wanted to enjoy and savor all your little characters. I'm going to go back right now and play again and freeze frame...there was a group of cats, and a porcupine and some adorable little squirrels I want to look at - they have a lot of personality.

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    1. Heehee!! Thank you, Laura! I know it's a bit fast, it's all because I had to fit it to that perfect 2 minute song :D I'm glad to have introduced you to Pascal's work, he's truly an inspiration to me!

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  11. This was one of the best how to posts I've ever seen. I love A Quiet Look -- the advice to draw is priceless. So simple. It could be for writing, too. Just get the work out and on paper. Thanks for all the inspiration and I'm glad Alison Hertz recommended your blog.

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    1. Wow, thank you Joy! You're right, it most definitely could apply to writing as well. I'm glad you're inspired and thank you Alison for recommending our blog!

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