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Travel + Sketching = Inspiration When we travel, we don't want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who's come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that's exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience. An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. Travel + Sketching = Inspiration When we travel, we don't want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who's come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that's exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience. An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. You'll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but, more important, you'll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas. The really wonderful thing about a sketchbook is that it can be totally private. You don't have to have an ounce of talent to enjoy learning how to really see what's in front of you. But lucky for us, the sketchbooks captured here are lovely, creative, intimate windows into each artist's mind. So, whether you're just returning to the art of drawing, abandoned by most of us after childhood, or you're looking for inspiration to take your illustration work in a new direction, An Illustrated Journey will take you on a wonderful trip of the imagination. All you need to pack are a pencil and a piece of paper.


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Travel + Sketching = Inspiration When we travel, we don't want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who's come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that's exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience. An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. Travel + Sketching = Inspiration When we travel, we don't want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who's come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that's exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience. An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. You'll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but, more important, you'll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas. The really wonderful thing about a sketchbook is that it can be totally private. You don't have to have an ounce of talent to enjoy learning how to really see what's in front of you. But lucky for us, the sketchbooks captured here are lovely, creative, intimate windows into each artist's mind. So, whether you're just returning to the art of drawing, abandoned by most of us after childhood, or you're looking for inspiration to take your illustration work in a new direction, An Illustrated Journey will take you on a wonderful trip of the imagination. All you need to pack are a pencil and a piece of paper.

30 review for An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pramod Nair

    A well-placed travel illustration or travel sketch can always lift a travelogue into a new level of enjoyment for the reader. They always act as markers, which set the tone for the visualization that happens in the reader’s mind while devouring the author’s narrative. Travel sketches make narrations of locations or sights that are already familiar for the reader come alive in a fresh perception by allowing him to see the sights through the eyes of the illustrator. Danny Gregory brings the private A well-placed travel illustration or travel sketch can always lift a travelogue into a new level of enjoyment for the reader. They always act as markers, which set the tone for the visualization that happens in the reader’s mind while devouring the author’s narrative. Travel sketches make narrations of locations or sights that are already familiar for the reader come alive in a fresh perception by allowing him to see the sights through the eyes of the illustrator. Danny Gregory brings the private art journals of 40 traveling artists, animators, illustrators & designers, in a beautifully designed volume titled ‘An Illustrated Journey’ brimming with charming, lovely and creative sketches. These selected pieces of talented illustrations provide the reader with a perspective that allows them to enjoy familiar landmarks and sights from around the globe through the creative and fresh vantage points of the artists mind. These incredibly beautiful sketches provide hours of enjoyment for a travel enthusiast while motivating their inner-artist to take-up the fascinating art of travel sketching. Cover of An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration from the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers Instead of quickly making up a book made out of a collection of travel sketches, Danny Gregory has gone into the pains of creating an inspirational volume filled with insider information on what makes these artists tick. By interviewing each of them he makes them reveal valuable insights into how they sketch, how they find motivation, what are their trade secrets and even their favorite sketching tools all the while giving us a glimpse at their personal travel journals. Danny Gregory has employed an equal balance for both the personal thoughts and the sketches of the contributing artists, which makes this volume more valuable. In this book you will meet artists who sketch stunning panoramas, artists who create dissections of thriving city life, artists who observe and draw sketches of natural and animal life, artists with sharp wit with their sketches full of incredibly funny caricatures, artists who make use of clever typography and even an artist who creates pastiches of Tintin cover pages based on his travel experiences. A sample page taken from the book brimming with art This is a book that is to be enjoyed slowly, one artist at a time. Even though it took me more than 2-3 weeks to go through the entire book, slowly devouring the works of each artist while gaining insights into their operational methods was highly entertaining and inspiring. By sketching instead of merely photographing the sights, the traveler involves more in the journey – just like an explorer – and allows him to capture the true essence of the travel. If you love drawing then spending some hours with this book will fill you with all the inspiration that is needed to arouse the interest of taking up sketching on your next travel thereby transcending you from being a mere tourist to a true traveler. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this amazing volume on Art with it’s hundreds of drawings, paintings and calligraphy artworks. Highly recommended for both travel and art lovers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. "An Illustrated Journey - Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers" by Danny Gregory Appreciating the time it takes to become proficient and making the goal eating into that time has helped me to make sketching practice habitual. I had tried many times to sketch, but never got to the point of mastering a single piece in a satisfactory manner. This year I decided to had another go at (Urb If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. "An Illustrated Journey - Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers" by Danny Gregory Appreciating the time it takes to become proficient and making the goal eating into that time has helped me to make sketching practice habitual. I had tried many times to sketch, but never got to the point of mastering a single piece in a satisfactory manner. This year I decided to had another go at (Urban) Sketching, again, not for the first time (I had a go in 2015, but with no success). What has made the difference, and kept me going until now, is accepting the 10,000 hour theory.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    Reread September 2018: This has been my bedtime read for the past week or so, and I love it as much as the first time I read it. If you are a fan of sketchbooks, travel, or keep a journal, pick up a copy, dip in and out, and see if you don't get inspired to document your travels both near and far. 2013 Review: This book is a wonderful collection of travel sketchbook pages from artists all over the world. Packed with sketches, tips and materials used, this book got my sketching juices flowing, and m Reread September 2018: This has been my bedtime read for the past week or so, and I love it as much as the first time I read it. If you are a fan of sketchbooks, travel, or keep a journal, pick up a copy, dip in and out, and see if you don't get inspired to document your travels both near and far. 2013 Review: This book is a wonderful collection of travel sketchbook pages from artists all over the world. Packed with sketches, tips and materials used, this book got my sketching juices flowing, and makes me want to sketch everything in sight. Loved it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    This is a very great book, with lot of “behind the scenes” and cool tips!:) It’s so good to read stories from people whom I followed for a long time on social media, and always liked their art. 🎨☺️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I am trying to draw more from life in sketch books and this provided some useful tips and inspiration. It is more looking than reading but there is a little blip about what inspires each artist and how they sketch the world and their travels. A nice glimpse into how people work and keep sketch journals. I would recommend this for people who are looking for inspiration on how to take a more journalistic approach to their sketch books, arm chair travelers, and people who like to look at well execu I am trying to draw more from life in sketch books and this provided some useful tips and inspiration. It is more looking than reading but there is a little blip about what inspires each artist and how they sketch the world and their travels. A nice glimpse into how people work and keep sketch journals. I would recommend this for people who are looking for inspiration on how to take a more journalistic approach to their sketch books, arm chair travelers, and people who like to look at well executed drawings from life and urban landscapes of various places. I read an e-book copy and probably should have splurged for the hard copy. A fast read that I am sure I will continue to look through.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed peeking into all the different ways people use art journals to document their travels, especially as I saw common themes emerge. And I'm a sucker for reading about the different supplies artists use, especially when they're away from home. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed peeking into all the different ways people use art journals to document their travels, especially as I saw common themes emerge. And I'm a sucker for reading about the different supplies artists use, especially when they're away from home.

  7. 4 out of 5

    jimtown

    This is the best and most useful art book I've read so far. I've not read a lot of art books, but I love looking at art. I often wonder how illustrators and sketch artists add the color to their sketches. Forty artists were interviewed for An Illustrated Journey and the resulting information from each artist shared a similar format. An unexpected surprise was how many of them said sketching or drawing things burned not only the time and place in their memory, but sounds and smells as well. It se This is the best and most useful art book I've read so far. I've not read a lot of art books, but I love looking at art. I often wonder how illustrators and sketch artists add the color to their sketches. Forty artists were interviewed for An Illustrated Journey and the resulting information from each artist shared a similar format. An unexpected surprise was how many of them said sketching or drawing things burned not only the time and place in their memory, but sounds and smells as well. It seems that drawing something, especially from life, is a much better way of remembering a trip than just taking photographs. Each artist has his or her own rules for their journals. They all also told what supplies they carry on trips, their favorites for traveling light but still being able to create art. The best part is probably the sample pages each artist allowed us to see. They all have a unique style and all are very, very good. They gave some encouragement to someone contemplating starting a sketchbook too. Just pick it up and draw seemed to be the consensus. They said I would get better...Great book, would love to have the physical copy of this but reading on Kindle has the advantage of being able to click to see their websites.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    "When we document a journey in a sketchbook, we discover the difference between vacationing and traveling; we become adventurers, discovering new worlds through a thousand tiny details... the travel journal keeper clears his mind, refreshes his eyeballs, and builds a cache of enduring memories." (p. 7) "Drawing while traveling has made them more deeply in love with both, has rekindled their love of sketching and has made travel something they plan for and look forward to for years. They discover "When we document a journey in a sketchbook, we discover the difference between vacationing and traveling; we become adventurers, discovering new worlds through a thousand tiny details... the travel journal keeper clears his mind, refreshes his eyeballs, and builds a cache of enduring memories." (p. 7) "Drawing while traveling has made them more deeply in love with both, has rekindled their love of sketching and has made travel something they plan for and look forward to for years. They discover the differences and particularities of each destination through drawing: the unique flow of every city, the specific lines that make up each city's signature, the way people dress and park and eat and shop. They record thoughts and overheard conversations, as well as maps of their personal paths, phone numbers for hotels, restaurant recommendations, airline flight numbers. Eventually, they travel because they draw, rather than vice versa." (p. 8) "Drawing is also a great icebreaker, a wonderful way to meet locals who are used to ignoring the busloads in indistinguishable tourists. They want to know how our fresh eyes see their world, made all too familiar and unexceptional to them by routine." (p. 8) "...I gave myself the assignment of drawing Los Angeles, and I feel like an explorer, going into neighborhoods that have changed greatly since my childhood. I am finding a deeper connection with this city in which I was born, and I find that I'm documenting life in a city that is changing and evolving all the time." (p. 79) "One of the many things I'm excited about with the advent of the iPad is the GPS feature. I love being able to trace my exact route on a map and drop way markers to denote events, as an adjunct to the journal." (p. 90) "I wonder, does the act of keeping a journal inspire one to make his life more interesting? Does an interesting life lead to a journal, or does a journal lead to an interesting life? I find that I'm more conscious of living in the moment with my journals..." (p. 141) "...when I'm drawing there is also a physiological change in me. I am calmer, more alert (hyperalert) and filled with wonder. Drawing activates a direct switch to my sense of wonder." (p. 238) References: http://www.urbansketchers.org/ http://urbansketchers-italy.blogspot.ca/ http://france.urbansketchers.org/ http://urbansketchers-japan.blogspot.ca/ http://urbansketchers-london.blogspot...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    ( More pictures on my blog ) An Illustrated Journey is a delightful collection of travel sketches from 40 contributors all over the world. They draw on location, they record their thoughts, and they share their stories in this book. The presentation style is similar to Danny Gregory's previous book An Illustrated Life, a book that I still refer to regularly. This book is somewhat similar to The Art of Urban Sketching. The sketches are all done on location. In this book however, the focus is ( More pictures on my blog ) An Illustrated Journey is a delightful collection of travel sketches from 40 contributors all over the world. They draw on location, they record their thoughts, and they share their stories in this book. The presentation style is similar to Danny Gregory's previous book An Illustrated Life, a book that I still refer to regularly. This book is somewhat similar to The Art of Urban Sketching. The sketches are all done on location. In this book however, the focus is on the contributors themselves and their thoughts on places and sketching while traveling. The writeup is longer with more depth and you really get to feel their love for sketching. I really enjoy looking at the beautiful sketches and reading the scribbled notes on the pages. Sketches have the charm and personalities that can't be found from photographs. I guess that's why I love sketchbooks so much. This is an inspiring sketchbook for travel and art lovers. It's definitely one of my favourite books for 2013. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darren Hester

    I'm just getting back into sketching and recently discovered Danny Gregory's blog. He has many books on drawing and they all seem to have favorable reviews. I thought "An Illustrated Journey" would be a good place to start and I wasn't disappointed. The book profiles 40 different artist, illustrators and designers. They each discuss how they use their sketchbook to experience the world and appreciate the beauty in simple things. Each artist shares a few sample pages from their sketchbook and you I'm just getting back into sketching and recently discovered Danny Gregory's blog. He has many books on drawing and they all seem to have favorable reviews. I thought "An Illustrated Journey" would be a good place to start and I wasn't disappointed. The book profiles 40 different artist, illustrators and designers. They each discuss how they use their sketchbook to experience the world and appreciate the beauty in simple things. Each artist shares a few sample pages from their sketchbook and you learn what gear they use to create the images. I found it very inspiring. It's not a how-to book, but focuses on how each artist started sketching and what their sketchbooks mean to them. One thing that every artist seemed to stress is how much more personal and meaningful a sketch is compared to a photograph. The process of sketching requires you to focus on many details for an extended period. You see light, shadows, and textures in ways you just can't appreciate with a photo. When you look back at a drawing years later, all those details come flooding back. I found this very interesting. Something I'd never considered before. Although I enjoyed reading it on my Kindle Paperwhite, all the sketchbook images were small and monochrome. So I'd recommend reading it on a color display or a paper copy. I ordered two more of Danny's books: "Art Before Breakfast" and "An Illustrated Life". They arrived yesterday and are in vivid color. I think I'll enjoy them much better in the printed form.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Neesam

    Artists and graphic designers explain how and why they create their travel journals. Lots of fun, with explanations of what leads to particular styles, use of different tools and tons of examples from the journals. A great, inspirational read. I enjoyed it enough to renew it twice from the library and I'm off to buy my own copy. Recommended for those who like art, travel, and explanations of creative process. 6 stars. Artists and graphic designers explain how and why they create their travel journals. Lots of fun, with explanations of what leads to particular styles, use of different tools and tons of examples from the journals. A great, inspirational read. I enjoyed it enough to renew it twice from the library and I'm off to buy my own copy. Recommended for those who like art, travel, and explanations of creative process. 6 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaśyap

    An interesting collection of art journals from around the world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Baobab

    This book in very inspirational, as well as displaying a lot of beautiful art. I am someone without an ounce of talent or experience drawing. I read Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson some years ago, a travel journal in which the author travels through places in Europe (I think) and Morocco, while trying to come to terms with his own increasing ailments (I believe he had some sort of muscle disease which threatened his ability to create art) and a breakup with his girlfriend. This was a new conc This book in very inspirational, as well as displaying a lot of beautiful art. I am someone without an ounce of talent or experience drawing. I read Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson some years ago, a travel journal in which the author travels through places in Europe (I think) and Morocco, while trying to come to terms with his own increasing ailments (I believe he had some sort of muscle disease which threatened his ability to create art) and a breakup with his girlfriend. This was a new concept to me at the time and I was very impressed, both by the idea and the book. I've been looking since for something else that would evoke similar feelings. This book is a collection of short (3-4 pages) statements by different artists describing why they make travel journals, how they feel about it, and what kind of equipment they use, with examples of their travel art journal work. It was all enough to convince me that I would like to try it myself, although I know my complete lack of skill would stand in the way. I was particularly struck by several artists who describe the experience of a rank beginner learning to draw. If you can draw and the idea of recording your travel experiences in an art journal appeals to you, you will probably enjoy this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    wildsage

    Excellent book, worth buying I got this book on loan from Amazon but will be buying it, I found it inspirational to look at all the sketchbooks and read the thought s of the artists. I just returned to drawing and painting after a long dry spell, caused b y an accident, and this book clicked with me. I really enjoyed seeing the different ways artists use their sketchbooks. The book is like an exhibition, rather than a how to do it book , although there are hidden nuggets of information on drawing Excellent book, worth buying I got this book on loan from Amazon but will be buying it, I found it inspirational to look at all the sketchbooks and read the thought s of the artists. I just returned to drawing and painting after a long dry spell, caused b y an accident, and this book clicked with me. I really enjoyed seeing the different ways artists use their sketchbooks. The book is like an exhibition, rather than a how to do it book , although there are hidden nuggets of information on drawing supplies and technique scattered through the book. Mainly it's the pictures from the sketchbooks I enjoy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Nelson

    "When we document a journey in a sketchbook, we discover the difference between vacationing and traveling; we become adventurers, discovering new worlds through a thousand tiny details." - Danny Gregory. This book is going to be a great ongoing resource for me to refer to. I love all the artist submissions and I especially enjoyed reading each one of their individual stories as well as learning about their techniques. I'm happy that I purchased this on Kindle because I can use all the links to go "When we document a journey in a sketchbook, we discover the difference between vacationing and traveling; we become adventurers, discovering new worlds through a thousand tiny details." - Danny Gregory. This book is going to be a great ongoing resource for me to refer to. I love all the artist submissions and I especially enjoyed reading each one of their individual stories as well as learning about their techniques. I'm happy that I purchased this on Kindle because I can use all the links to go straight to the artist websites.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna

    Three-line review: This lighthearted and interesting collection of stories from traveling artists was a great book to pick up here and there over the last several months. I enjoyed reading about what drew their attention and inspired them to create, though their lists of art materials didn't mean much to me. I would have preferred to read this one in print rather than e-book to better enjoy the illustrations. Three-line review: This lighthearted and interesting collection of stories from traveling artists was a great book to pick up here and there over the last several months. I enjoyed reading about what drew their attention and inspired them to create, though their lists of art materials didn't mean much to me. I would have preferred to read this one in print rather than e-book to better enjoy the illustrations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Enjoyed browsing through this collection, but enjoyed An Illustrated Life more. This one seems to polished, too professional for an amateur like myself to take inspiration from. Many of the journal pages are too composed, a constant reminder that they have been done by professional illustrators and designers. I also did not like the pages that were cropped from journals; I prefer seeing the entire page or spread, not a cropped piece of art in a book of this type. Still, a fun and colorful read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Interesting It is really interesting to see different styles of sketching and to learn about different paths they took to get to the art form. I also liked that almost all the artists shared their own preferences for materials they travel with and several gave a few good tips to get started or advice for dealing with the public.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Randal Schmidt

    Enjoyable but ultimately too repetitive I enjoyed a lot of the sketches, but after a while most of the artists seemed to be saying the exact same things. The repetition became boring, and I ended up not finishing the entire book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    FANTASTIC! Great read. Introduces you to many different artists and styles. Lots of tid bits to improve your art. Made me more comfortable with the idea if sketching. Not ALL drawings need to be perfect, finished or smooth works

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valeria

    This book successfully insipired me to sketch, in this case is Urban Sketching. I bought this book to see beautiful sketches from visual journalist but how shock I am when I was inspired more by the writtings.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Urban Sketching Palooza This is a great book for novice and seasoned urban sketchers!Talented artists, great art, tools and tips abound. Checked out at the library twice and finally purchased.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin Tuttle

    Interested in Travel Journaling? This is the book for you. Many wonderful artists describe their reasons for keeping a travel sketchbook(s), their process, their materials and interesting anecdotes from their travels. Lots of awesome illustrations. Great book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Polley

    Inspiring accounts Having recently picked up sketching and drawing after a number of years, I found the illustrations and narratives in this book really helped to give me drive and inspiration.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Korie Brown

    I enjoyed looking through this and seeing what others do. I am still too much of a beginner to do more than enjoy. I will re-read this in a few years.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Miller

    Very Enjoyable! The sketches are wonderful and the variety of approaches to sketching is truly inspiring. Makes one want to get out the sketchbook and get drawing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Chege

    Can be a little repetitive since a lot of the artists use similar materials and medium but a great insight on their thought process, technique and subject matter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Love this reference book especially when I want to dream about sketching and art journaling – full of practical encouragement.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miss Nicky

    Danny is such an inspiration! Another great book filled with tips, tricks and loads of awesome illustrations!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Inspiring! It is a good intro to urban sketching. It was fun to explore a variety of artists. I would highly recommend to those who want inspiration.

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