In this week’s episode, I explore the work of American illustrator Eric Sloane. And by American, I mean AMERICAN!
In his many books, he explores Americana in lots of forms — from the tools early farmers used to the huge skies of the plains to the old barns of Pennsylvania to American wood to early cross-country car trips and much more. His ink drawings have a classic, bygone feel, and he is a master of the dip pen. ANd he makes some dandy url paintings too.
I made the mistake of doing this presentation live on Facebook rather than using my better cameras and mics in the more controlled way I usually have been doing. I tried it in the interest of capturing live conversation with viewers but I don’t think it’s worth the loss in quality.
Anyway, no slight to Mr. Sloane, who I think was a brilliant artist who has long inspired my own.
Today I shared a bunch of my favorite self published books. I hope they inspire you to make something awesome! Here are the book I discussed and how to get ’em, for your own library.
And here’s some more info on Illustration Nation, our brand new kourse:
The great New Yorker artist has loads of inspiring ideas in every page of this 1954 classic. I love the way he uses calligraphy, simple drawings, thumbprints and collage to make witty, insightful comments about being human. Join me as I turns the pages.
Books from this episode:
• The Passport by Saul Steinberg
Chris Ware’s graphic novels are cerebral and meticulous. But his sketchbooks reveal the man behind the perfection: self-doubting, self-flagellating, and with a giant Monkey on his shoulder.
Books discussed include:
In this week’s club, I delve into my mailbox and my steamer-trunk archives to unearth the cards and letters that have meant the most to me. I ponder the power of greeting cards to endure as slices of memory and why they are imperiled.
Crumb has been an enormous influence on me over the years and today I discuss my huge collection of his amazing sketchbooks. Including a never-before-seen personal letter from Crumb to me. Prepare to be inspired!
I discuss Tommy’s work and go deep into his incrdible new book, All My Photographs Are Made With Pens. Get yours today!