A conversation with Lapin 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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Lapin is an extraordinary artist, a Frenchman who lives in Spain and travels the world. His work is unique and bound to inspire you. First of all, the man can draw anything and give it enormous character and wit.  Secondly, his pages are uniquely his — he draws in old (decades and decades old) lined, ledger books, in ink and watercolor. He has published several books of his work, beautiful replicas of his journals exactly as he created them on various trips .

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Lapin discusses his history and technique at length in the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“I grew up in Bretagne near Saint-malo, and now I live between Barcelona and Paris. I started drawing in my very first sketchbook when I was around 4 years old. It was a small notebook with penguins on the cover. All the pages were fully doodled with planes, houses, people, even a “man-house” only sketched with ball point.

Then, as far as I remember I’ve always had some drawings in my school notebooks, and caricatures of the teachers. I sketched some horses to please the girls, some…” (continued)

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We had a great, far-wheeling chat in this video and immediately after I started looking for new and interesting surfaces to draw on.  He’ll get you going too.

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See more of Lapin’s work on his blog and his website.

Apologies

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Dear readers of my new book, An Illustrated Journey. You may have noticed that there are several references to something called “pare” watercolors throughout the contributor essays. To clarify, there is no such thing. This was an error that slipped through copyediting process unnoticed.

My editor and I cannot explain how this strange gremlin appeared; my only theory is that somehow a spellchecker caught the British spelling of “watercolours” and instead of just replacing it with “watercolors” added “pare” as well. Cursed machines.

I hope it doesn’t it diminish your pleasure in reading the book. It will be corrected in the next printing. Damn.

Addendum 2/22: Just heard from my editor:  An Illustrated Journey is going right back on press as the first printing is already sold out! And the new printing will not contain any “pare” watercolors … or any other sorts of mistakes! :)

A conversation with Prashant Miranda 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

prash-1I just love Prashant Miranda for so many reasons. First of all, I love his freedom — he travels through India, apparently sleeping on couches and beaches while using his art to serve others. Then he pops back to Canada, works on animation and illustrates books, and as soon as it gets cold, he heads back to India.  His paintings are full of love and color with a gentleness and wit in every panel.  And, as you’ll see in this video, he is a supremely happy and contented person who makes me feel happy and relaxed whenever I talk with him.

prash-2I have included Prash’s work and story in several of my books — you will remember him from An Illustrated Life and The Creative License. But it is as a traveller that he is most inspiring and exemplary and I hope you will enjoy his work in my newest book, An Illustrated Journey.

prash3I chatted with Prashant when it was well after midnight in his temporary home in Goa. He was sitting on a balmy verandah by the sea, an owl roosting in a tree behind him. I was  hunkered down in frigid New York, envying him once again.

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

“I am a migratory bird. I spend my summers and autumns in Canada, and when it starts getting cold, I travel to India. And within Canada and India, I travel around.

Travel is a very important part of my life because it is a dose of reality, widens my perspectives and gives me an objective viewpoint of the places that I live in. Like not taking for granted that we get fresh drinking water out of our taps here in Canada, hot water too! And when I’m in India in certain places I’m thankful for that!

Often when I draw while travelling, it attracts…” (continued)

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(See more of Prash’s work in the book and on his blog — it’ll make you rethink your own journal, I promise).

Two interviews I like

Here are two lengthyish radio interviews I did recently.

The first is with broadcasting legend Bob Edwards for his show on NPR and on XM Sirius satellite radio. In case you missed it, here’s a 30 minute recording with images from the book.

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The second is with family therapist David McMillian on his show, Strategies for LIving.

You can hear that here.

A conversation with Liz Steel 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

Liz Steel is a lovely, bubbly person who has fallen madly in love with drawing over the past few years.  In our chat, she shares the story of her journey from office-bound architect to world traveler and rabid journalista. (See more of her work in the book and on her blog).

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

“I was born in Sydney and have lived here all my life and LOVE it! I have always loved to draw but at high school, maths was my favorite subject (a family trait) and I dropped out of art after one year because I spent 6 months drawing a spark plug! Although I entered my degree in architecture from a more technical basis, my love of drawing was soon re-kindled and it was during my student years that I started keeping travel journals. These early journal were mainly made up of little …” (continued)

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An Illustrated Journey: The Chat Show

One of the best things about working on my new book, An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers, has been the chance to talk to so many people who have inspired me. In the course of the last couple of years, I have had the chance to collaborate with dozens and dozens of gifted artists, illustrators and travelers and they all have unique lessons to teach and wisdom to share. To enhance the experience of reading the book, I have been recording video chats with the contributors and I’ll be sharing them here, on YouTube and a special channels on Vimeo.  Each one is 20-60 minutes and I’ll be posting them twice a week.