The sketchbook as journal

Danny Gregory An Illustrated LifeECA library has recently acquired a fantastic new book about artists’ sketchbooks:
An illustrated life : drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers, by Danny Gregory.
As Danny Gregory describes on his blog “this book led me to fulfill my dream of gathering the work of all the artists I admire most, people like Robert Crumb and Chris Ware and James Jean and many others, and then sitting down for a chat about my favorite subject, recording one’s life with drawings in a book. It was an amazing experience and I like to think the book reflects it.”
The library has several other similar books on the theme of sketchbooks as journals:
Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art, by Jennifer New.
Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives, by Richard Brereton.
Inspiring Writing in Art and Design: Taking a Line for a Write, by Pat Francis.
We hope these will inspire you!

Connecting lines: artists talking about drawing

Photograph courtesy of Chris John Beckett at Flickr.
Photograph courtesy of Chris John Beckett at Flickr.
This project celebrates twenty years of the “Artists’ Lives” project at the British Library, in association with The Tate. The recordings of artists selected for this online resource reflect the changing attitudes to drawing within British art education in the 20th and 21st centuries and provide a commentary on the role of drawing, and the practice of working artists.
Access to the recordings is available free online, and requires Quicktime/WMP.