Sketchbook Club: Eric Sloane

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.

Sketchbook Club: Self-published

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:

Sketchbook Club: Chris Ware

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:

Sketchbook Club: Robert Crumb


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!


Sketchbook Club: Felix Scheinberger

I took a short break from new episodes of the Sketchbook Club, but I was reinspired by this week’s author. I spent much of the summer forging Felix Scheinberger’s sketches on my iPad as I waited for the release of his newest book, Dare to Sketch, which finally(!) came out a few weeks ago.

(Warning: one of the book shown contains a bit of nudity and bondage)

In this episode, I consider the following books by Felix :

SketchBook Club: My interview with Sara Midda

After I discussed Sara Midda’s classic book “South of France” in an earlier episode, viewers asked if I could get her to join the Club. I could and did — and here’s her first ever video chat interview, in which she discusses her life, her books and her sketchbook habits. Fascinating!