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RESOURCES  //  Books, Websites, and Other Tidbits

Here you’ll find books, web links, and other resources related to sketchbooks, art, the creative process, visual thinking, multi-disciplinary creativity, and related topics. I add new resources as I discover them, so check back frequently for updates.


Brereton, Richard.
Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators and Creatives
Amazon link.

Burroughs, William S.
The Burroughs File.
Amazon link.

Copeland, John.
Selected Works from Journals 7-22.
Limited edition available through the artist’s website here.

Eldon, Dan (author) and Eldon, Kathy (editor).
The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon.
Amazon link.

Gregory, Danny.
An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers.
Amazon link.

Haring, Keith, Robert Farris Thompson, and Sheperd Fairey.
Keith Haring Journals: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Amazon link.

Manco, Tristan
Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists
Amazon link.

Manco, Tristan
Street Sketchbook Journeys
Amazon link.

New, Jennifer.
Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art.
Amazon link.

O’Donnell, Timothy.
Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World’s Most Influential Designers
Amazon link.

Perella, Lynne.
Artists’ Journals & Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages.
Amazon link.

Rothman, Julia.
Drawn In: A Peek into the Private Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists.
Amazon link.

Scott, Eric M. and David R. Modler.
The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict.
Amazon link.

Someguy and Kelly, Kevin.
The 1,000 Journals Project.
Amazon link.


1000 Journals by Someguy
The online center of the 1000 Journals Project. See scans from many of the journals and track their progress across the globe.

1001 Journals by Someguy
Yes, it’s a different site. Due to the popularity of the 1,000 Journals Project, Someguy created 1,001 Journals as a way for people to continue participating in collective sketchbooks.

About Creativity by Dan Brodnitz
The tagline “working artists share what works” pretty much sums it up. The site is full of wonderful interviews with creators who work in visual arts, writing, dance, movies, theater, comics, games, inventions, comics, and cartoons.

Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
An all-around resource for people in creative professions; put out by a consultancy who’s mission is to “free up creatives and teams to do their best work.”

American Elf by James Kochalka
The daily comic diary of artist and musician James Kochalka.

The Art of Nonconformity (AONC) by Chris Guillebeau
According to Guillebeau, the site is about “unconventional strategies for life, work, and travel.” The AONC is also a storehouse of wonderful advice about writing blogs and promoting creative work in all media.

Artists’ Sketchbooks Online by Scattergood-Moore
An online visual database of artists’ sketchbooks created in 1998. Perhaps the most comprehensive collection of resources I’ve seen.

Book by its Cover by Julia Rothman (sketchbook section)
A book-themed blog by NYC pattern designer and illustrator Julia Rothman. by Kathy Eldon
Dan Eldon was an artist, photographer, and activist who was killed in while on assignment in Somalia for Reuters in 1993. Dan’s personal creative work included a series of visual journals that make up The Journey is the Destination (listed above in the books section). by Keri Smith
Keri is an illustrator and the author of several books on creativity, including Wreck This Journal, This is Not a Book, and Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes.

Library I by Ray Fenwick
A collection of sketchbooks/artists books by Canadian Illustrator Ray Fenwick.

Look at Book by Oliver Jeffers, Rory Jeffers, Mac Premo, and Duke Reiley
Four artists on two continents spent 36 weeks co-creating a sketchbook by mail. Here is the extraordinary result.

Moleskine Official Website
The corporate site of my house pour, the Moleskine large sketchbook.

Moleskinerie by Moleskine
The official blog of Moleskine originally started by Armand Frasco.

Moleskinerie Flickr Group
A Flickr group dedicated to sketchbook art and Moleskine.

More Regrettable Incidents in a Life Filled with Bitter Remorse by David Fullarton
A Flickr set of sketchbook images from San Francisco-based artist and illustrator David Fullarton. This man has a wicked sense of humor.

Orly Avineri’s Blog
The blog and online gallery of California-based artist Orly Avineri.

Tommy Kane by Tommy Kane
Kane labels himself “an advertising art director who masquerades as an amateur illustrator.” Overly humble, if you ask me. Here’s his blog about sketching, which includes plenty of great images of work in progress.

Visual Thinking: Curator’s Choice by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Webpage dedicated to a November 2005 Smithsonian exhibition of artists’ sketchbooks.

Wayne Jiang Sketchbooks by Wayne Jiang
Web gallery of sketchbooks by California-based painter Wayne Jiang.


1000 Journals DVD
Filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage paints an engaging portrait of the 1000 Journals Project.
Amazon link.

An Illustrated Life podcast by Danny Gregory
A 13-part series in which Danny Gregory interviews the artists and designers whose work appears in his book An Illustrated Life.
iTunes link.

Art Heroes Radio podcast by John T. Unger
An excellent podcast about issues working artists face in making art and making a living.
iTunes link.

Ken Carbone is Curiously Curious
A short film about the personal visual journals of designer, author, musician, and teacher Ken Carbone.

Little Scraps of Paper by Thomas Leach with Nicholas Cambier and Daniel Diego Lincoln
A collection of short films about creative professionals and the process by which they make their work.

Sketchbook Films by Danny Gregory
I was already a big fan of Danny’s drawings, books, and podcast. Now he has an inspiring series of short films on sketchbooks and drawing. Many of them were co-created by his teenage son Jack.