A conversation with Fabio Consoli from “An Illustrated Journey”

Here’s the next interview with the contributors to my new book An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

Vietnam-floating-market Fabio Consoli has inspired me almost more than anyone else in the is book. (At least this month).  I love the style and wit in his pages, his adventuresome spirit and his incredible bike trips to exotic places in Africa. Plus, he’s Italian!thailand-tuk-tuk_2

After you watch our chat, don’t forget to check out his travel blog.


Fabio shares a lot more in my book. Here’s an excerpt:

“When I look at an old notebook full of drawings I made in Madagascar, I’m almost able to smell the aroma of Africa, yes, for me Africa has its own smell and forest sounds. I’d like to imprint them in my notebooks forever, this is why I often use food or fruits like coffee, wine, soy sauce, some fresh herbs, berries or tomatoes for coloring. Thus is some way, even for a short time, I can put the smells into my drawings, this gives my moleskine a nice garbage smell..…” (continued)



  1. Liz Fraser

    Another great interview. Loved it. Fun blog too. Thanks Danny for posting these. Liz.

  2. Darlene K Campbell

    These interviews are FANTASTIC and I appreciate your time to bring these to us. So much fun to watch live interviews of these artists. Thank you!! Just wondering if part of this interview got cut off because when I viewed it started where you ask him to share tools he uses and this is usually at the end of your interviews. Did I miss something?

  3. Elsbeth McLeod

    Wonderful, Danny. I’m so looking forward to this book. You are interviewing lots of men… are there any women sketchers and illustrators in this book?

    • dannygregory

      No, sorry. I don’t encourage ladies to draw. Or to travel.

      • dannygregory

        And feel free not to wait any longer for the book.
        It’s currently available in stores and online.
        For ladies and gents.

        • rosie

          what the hell… is that a spam response or something Danny? probably more than one of us hoping for a good mix of artists in your book, great to get a range of people in any collection of stories. Looks like there are heaps tho Esbeth – I’ve just seen the Amazon reviews, a list of contributors and women seem to be in abundance!
          enjoy the week

  4. Roz Stendahl

    Danny, what a great sense of joy and humor comes through in your interview with Fabio. I love his minimalist approach to supplies.

  5. ellen missert

    I was wondering the same…disappointment it came in at the end of the interview – it looked like a good one!

  6. helena

    my fav interview so far. fabio is an absolute delight. pure sweetness. i love how infectious he is. you were lit up while talking to him. such talents. both of you. wow. you’ve inspired me to take a sketchbook with me to italy in a few weeks. i’m going to force myself to illustrate my journey. it will be total amateur hour, but don’t think for a minute i won’t love it when it’s all said and done!

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