Sketchbook Club: Paul Hogarth

This week the work of British illustrator Paul Hogarth. We’ll discuss the following books by Paul:

Drawing on Life: The Autobiography of Paul Hogarth
Graham Greene Country
Creative Pencil Drawing
Creative Ink Drawing

Study Hall: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I love this week’s klass in Exploring with one of my idols, Felix Scheinberger. I made a bit of a mess with my homework but then was inspired by an old spaghetti Western. I hope you had fun with your assignment.

SketchBook Club: David Gentleman

This has been a rough week. I was confined to bed by a brutal cold but had to rise from it to take my dogs to the vet for teeth cleaning which led to Poor Tim having ten teeth pulled. So now we are all lying about in our baskets feeling sorry for each other and ourselves.

Despite all this infirmity, I hosted this week’s meeting of the Sketchbook Club to discuss the work of David Gentleman, an amazing British artist, little known on this side of the pond but a treasure at home.

I have learned a great deal from the many Gentleman books in my library. His design, his technique, his wit and insight are impossible for me to fully emulate but it’s nice to have a distant gleaming point on the horizon to aim for.

If you’d like to add any of these books to your own shelves, these are the ones I discuss with links to where you can them. All by David Gentleman:

Alas, David Gentleman doesn’t teach at Sketchbook Skool, but this is what it might be like if he did:


Sketchbook Club #2: d.price

We convened another meeting of the Club to discuss the work of one Dan Price of Joseph, OR. He was one of my earliest and greatest mentors.

Some notes: 

Moonlight Chronicle back issues:
I see that on this site Dan said he doesn’t have back issues in print anymore but will be making e-versions of them. If you email him and bug him, maybe he’ll pull some out of the attic. It’s worth a shot. Otherwise, you’ll have to make do with his books — which are pretty awesome too.

Moonlight Chronicles:
How to Make a Journal of Your Life:
Radical Simplicity:
Learn about his simple life in this film about d.price:

This n that

My cup runneth over these days. I want to update you on all of my doings and share some wonderful stuff made by others that are making me happy on this lovely spring day.


This book is apparently now in German (awaiting my copy but someone bought this in Berlin and sent me the picture):


This book is apparently now in Russian (awaiting my copy but saw this on Instagram. Also awaiting the Spanish and Turkish ones) :

This book is fantastic, the best primer on art appreciation ever:

This book is just gorgeous:

This is apparently just a coincidence:

This will give you permission to make stuff:

This is one of the most innovative things I’ve seen in a while:

This is one of a dozen or so videos I am making for TED X Basel.

And the Sketchbook Club meets again here today at 5 PM EST:

We are in the middle of a wonderful new kourse at Sketchbook Skool and busy producing a half-dozen more to come later this year.

Tomorrow, Tommy Kane and I will be releasing a brand-new Sketchbook Film, our first in years. Stay tuned for that. And more….

Introducing Sketch Book Club

New thing: Each week I’ll be conducting (?) a little chat on Facebook Live to share a book or two that have inspired my own sketchbooking. Here’s  the first one.

The next one will be next Wednesday at 5 PM EST on the Sketchbook Skool News page.

Can’t be there? We’ll upload a recording.

Hate Facebook? Come back here to watch it..

Hate my blog? Watch it on the the SBS Blog.

That’s enough options. Watch the video.

This week’s books
By Hannah Hinchman:
A LIFE IN HAND: Creating the Illuminated Journal Paperback:
A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place
Little Things in a Big Country: An Artist and Her Dog on the Rocky Mountain Front

By me:
An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers 

On not drawing

It happens. You ought to write something, draw something, not eat something, but ya just aren’t feeling it. Your New Year resolutions have petered out — less than two weeks into January.  Are you a bad person? Worthless? Is the monkey 100% right?

‘Course not. Ronnie Lawlor (who is drawing monster, by the by) and I talk about why not.

(Happy Friday 13th! It’s your luck day.)