A conversation with Richard Sheppard 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

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Richard Sheppard is a longtime illustrator but only started drawing on location about three years ago. I love his work and his interesting color palette. aWWGKiUMpGaVC8H4lXCBgTWbbDbZn_E2GMKE8_hmaK8%2C_TX-HLe2l2fS1TCgRGhlz8EeP8fEFduLarOlaDwnsvY%2Cm6Gu5OJ4mAElWj1oItxPezmRQyd1VUmnvv29rD-MQuA%2CabP29pigHuo3YPZyiqG4X4yP1GS7MyhEQzOQJlqjeRo%2CUFkBTsPOiftIJ1RN8BBkIk9i3fV5cWPMgICp7Ko2aRQ%2CcA0Dp14dUuyQzxdSTnb Karyatids F_F_Coppola-Winery

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“But upon arriving in Ireland, I found that sketching from photographs didn’t prepare me for anything other than sketching from photographs. I was too self-conscious to draw in public and ended up taking photographs the entire time. I kept telling myself that I could paint from the photographs when I returned home. It never happened. There is no substitute for learning to draw from life, out-of-doors. You can’t fake it.…” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Richard’s work.

A conversation with Felix Scheinberger 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.

Felix Scheinberger is a German illustrator and teacher who loves to hit the road and see the world (and takes his students too!). I love the comic darkness of his work, the looseness of his line, and his debt to Tomi Ungerer who had  long been one of my favorite illustrators too.  I also love his passion for travelling and seeing the rawness of the world.

We had some technical problems at one point so our conversation comes in two servings:

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

“Travelling is an integral part of my work. But I don’t travel to illustrate, I illustrate to travel, and I travel to understand the world and my role in it. Spectacular journeys aren’t what I am looking for, I want to depict things that mean a lot to me, and sometimes journeys don’t evoke the feelings I am looking for. And I don’t travel on the look-out for beauty. I look for real images, real emotions. So a journey to the Toscana just to draw terra cotta paths seems like a waste of time. These images have been made a hundred times over….” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Felix’s blog.

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A conversation with Ian Sidaway 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

Ian Sidaway has taught so many people to become better artists; as the author of many instructional books, he is a legend. I find looking at his work so inspiring — his watercolors are so pristine, the colors so vivid but still atmospheric. And his line is so consistent and almost photographic. I have learned the most from his compositions; he turns every landscape spread in his Moleskines into perfectly balanced CinemaScope.

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

“I was born in the Industrial East Midlands into a family of miners and clay workers. My passion was the great outdoors and collecting bones, birds eggs, nests, and pressed flowers, and in the 1950s and early 60s, believe me, not many working class boys did that! These are the things I would draw and I hoped to pursue that interest by working either in the Nature Conservancy or the Forestry Commission. Both required academic qualifications which were beyond me, so I went to art college as a way of entering either of these organizations through the back door, possibly as an illustrator. Once at art college, design became my metier and, after four years of study, I found myself working as a designer at the J W Thompson advertising agency in London, a job I disliked. There followed a period of freelancing during which time I began to paint. I guess I dropped out before I ever dropped in..…” (continued)

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Please don’t forget to check out Ian’s blog.

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A conversation with Brenda Swenson 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

Brownwood, NC Brenda Swenson was dissuaded from being an artist time and again when she was growing up, but her passion ultimately won out. Now she is a professional artist, an author, and a teacher who leads fantastic sketchbook workshops, helping others discover and  believe in their talent.  And she loves to travel and fill her sketchbook with juicy watercolors.    Vernazza,-Italy-(Cinque-Terre)

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

“One day I saw a billboard. Go to school to be a professional artist. Wow, I could be an artist! Right away I told by my step-mom. I know what I am going to be when I grow up. I am going to be an artist! I was abruptly told that’s much to difficult find something else. I was crushed.  The only thing in me that felt special wasn’t good enough. I was ten years old..…” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Brenda’s blog.

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A conversation with Nina Johansson 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

skowera_ninajohanssonNina Johansson lives in Stockholm so even the most mundane things she draws strike me as exotic. She is an amazing watercolorist and urban sketcher and I have learned do much from studying her work.

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I hope you’ll enjoy what she has to say in her video chat and in the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“I find that drawing a place makes it more mine, no matter where I am or how long I’m staying. When I draw a street corner in my sketchbook, I take a little piece of this place home with me. All these little pieces end up in my bookshelf, as a collection of all ”my” places in the world. It’s not a greedy kind of ”mine”, it’s a grateful kind, I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit and share all these places with the people living there…” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Nina’s blog.framlingsvagen_apr12

A conversation with Chris Buchholz 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

8404449156_1e67cd6857_b Chris Buchholz has been on a wild adventure over the past few years, giving up his life as  a designer in Pennsylvania to move to the Dominican Republic and take up missionary work. A dramatic life change that results in a lot of gorgeous sketchbook pages. 8468805586_04e3ba394b_b

He’s back in the States now and he chatted with me about life and art.italy_21-copy

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

“For me, my sketchbook is the ultimate passport. When I’m traveling with my sketchbook in hand I seem to slide easily into cultures and conversations. When I’m drawing, the locals seem to let me into their world, accepting me as if I were one of them. This self-issued passport, the sketchbook, is what gets me into the “heart” of the place; into the dining rooms, front porches, hidden alleys, and into the most  fascinating conversations..…” (continued)

Please don’t forget to check out Chris’s flickr feed.

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