A conversation with Jean-Christophe Defline 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

Like me, Jean-Christope Delfine is not a professional artist. He’s a businessperson and a family man.  BUt when he hits the road, man, he makes beautiful things. He loves to experiment with media and I am especially fond of his experiments with kraft paper. See more on one of his blogs.

J-C loves Tintin as much as I do and he hast taken it a step further. Every trip he takes with his family is turned into the cover of a Hergé style book.

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Here’s a little film tour of them hanging on his apartment wall in Paris.

And here’s  a link to a blog he has set up devoted to this work

Jean-Christophe shares a lot more in my book. Here’s an excerpt:

“I draw mainly because I need it: it makes me happy and it’s a way to absorb intensely all feelings while away from home and try to record them. It’s also a way to better understand life in a country. Drawing things pushes you to analyze details and understand why life is different here. It tells you a lot of things you wouldn’t even notice at a simple glance or with a snapshot. If you are drawing a rickshaw, you’ll see that under different layers of blue paintings an old rusted framework hides. You’ll notice the old wooden pedals handcrafted, the patched hood and the worn towel on the handle bar to wipe out sweat. You immediately understand how much love and effort are needed to run this heavy engine on a daily basis.…” (continued)

A conversation with Earnest Ward 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 Designersfrankfurt

Earnest Ward has had a unique career glide path. For a decade, he was a professional pilot. Then he became an art teacher. Travel journaling combines both those branches of his life. He is an avid traveler and makes his trips a family affair —  his wife and children are all artists in their own rights and they all draw together. Earnest’s work is beautiful and carefully observed. He has wonderful lettering skills and loves intense stippling. We had a lovely chat and he shared many of his techniques.

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

“I have always been fascinated by a sense of place and culture. I grew up on the tales of Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark, Thomas Moran, Alexander von Humboldt, National Geographic, and films like “I Know Where Iʼm Going.” So, the attraction of distant places and exotic vistas was, I think, quite logical, if not inevitable. Like a child, Iʼm still in awe of the world around me. I believe that weʼve only discovered a fraction of the things the world has to offer. I believe that — when we each discover something that is new to us — we become the First Discoverer, no matter how many people have made the same discovery before us. I try to learn something new every day and to render it in my sketchbook or journal. I travel to discover new places Iʼve never been. And I travel so I can look at home with fresh eyes upon my return….” (continued)

(See more of Earnest’s work in the book and on his blog and his website).

My debut on slate.com

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I was fortunate to get a lovely review on slate.com this week.

I was also invited to illustrate all of the articles on their book review section this month. I haven’t done drawings for hire like this in a while but it was great fun. You can see all nine of them here.

I am traveling to Bangkok right now and writing this post in the Hong Kong flight club so it may take me a while to post all of the actual drawings here. Meanwhile, check me out on slate.

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A conversation with Steven B. Reddy 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

AIJ-complete-book-180  Steven Reddy took a bold step, agreeing to move to China for a year to teach in an elementary school, but the results have been worth it for all lovers of illustrated journaling. He came back with books full of amazing images and wonderful stories, which he shares in our video chat and in his section of  An Illustrated Journey.AIJ-complete-book-182 I admire his courage, his sense of adventure, and his incredible watercolors. AIJ-complete-book-181

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

“When I draw, many things that happened while I was drawing get “locked into the picture.” I don’t mean in a figurative sense, like, “oh, that was beautiful day…” But very specific details: the conversations I had while drawing, the song I was listening to on my iPhone, the tv show that was on the background. It’s weird, but I’ll look back at a drawing of a cup of coffee and Madmen will pop into my head. Or a glance at a drawing from a Chinese restaurant will elicit a shouted, “Laoban! Laoban!” because I heard a patron call that to the waitress in the restaurant while I was drawing. While doing a drawing, I’m wholly in the moment. It sounds like…” (continued)

(See more of Steven’s work in the book and on his blog and on flickr).

A conversation with Tommy Kane 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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Tommy Kane is one of my oldest and bestest friends. And he’s a genius too.  You’ve seen Tommy’s work all over, including in my books ( An Illustrated Life and The Creative License). It’s observant, it’s bold, it’s witty, and it’s endlessly inspiring to me.

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And hopefully you’ve seen his blog and his movies too (and his star turn in Red Hook, the film Jack and I made last year).

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And now he has more amazing drawings in An Illustrated Journey.

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When I interviewed Tommy for this project, he was on one of his innumerable business trips to Korea.

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Here’s an excerpt from Tommy’s contribution to the book:

“I have drawn every brick, cinder block and lamppost in all of New York City. Google earth didn’t need to go around and photograph every building in Manhattan. I would have given them all my drawings instead. They could have saved a lot of time, money and effort. All of this has created a dilemma for me. The Big Apple all looks the same to my eyes now. I can even say I’m bored of drawing New York. As I ride my bike around, I whisper to myself, “did that, drew that, sketched that, painted that.” My wife and I discuss moving out of New York someday. Mostly I discuss it. It wasn’t until I started to write this, that I realized the real reason is that…” (continued)

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