An Illustrated Life Podcast 004: Kurt D. Hollomon (Part I)


Time for another in my series of podcast interviews with cool sketchbook keepers. Are you enjoying them?
I first encountered Kurt Hollomon‘s work when Dan Price sent me an outdoor gear catalog from Royal Robbins which Kurt had illustrated. It was the first time I had seen a commercial project that combined the sort of drawing and journaling and collaging stuff that Dan and I were into and it was very exciting.
We started to correspond with Kurt and soon received many letters filled with drawings and pastels and collages which were enormously inspiring and encouraging.
Now Kurt teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is spawning all sorts of new sketchbookers while still pushing the envelope with his own work. He has a unique practice: he does a drawing, then goes back and layers on paintings, pastels, more drawings, text, typography, calligraphy, and collaged ephemera to build up the page into a beautiful pastiche. He is very devoted to journaling and documents his days more thoroughly than anyone else I know.
When I called up Kurt for a chat, we ended up talking for so long that I have had to split the conversation into two parts; the second will go up next weekend. I learned so much from him and I hope you will too.
I am very psyched to have Kurt’s work in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).
The whole episode is 31 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
As usual, I invite your comments (haven’t had many so far) on whether this project is worthwhile and enjoyable. It take a lot of work to do and I would love to know whether and how you are listening to them.
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See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.
Next week’s episode: More with Kurt D. Hollomon

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