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!
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 :
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!
Join me for an exploration of sketchbooks that investigate and record war and its effects. Fascinating stuff!