Book Review: Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art

Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art

Drawing From Life is a collection of short biographies and journal pages. The journals keepers come from diverse backgrounds, working as architects, photographers, writers and of course artists. There's even a retired engineer who's 103!

The writeup explores the lives of these people, specifically focusing on the relationships with their journals and where they find inspiration. Carol Beckwith traveled to 36 African countries. Lynda Barry prefers yellow legal pads to remind herself she's messing around.

The chapters are organised by how the journals are used. Some use their journals to record memories, others to create imagery. There are sketches, drawings, watercolours, photos collages, etc. These journal pages aren't as inspiring as the biographies. Some of the images are just scrawling. Some are pretty abstract.

The biographies are definitely much interesting to read. I'm glad I borrowed this book from the library. Probably would not have bought it if I was able to see what's inside.

This book should appeal to selected journal keepers.

List of contributors

  • Lynda Barry
  • Julie Baugnet
  • Carol Beckwith
  • Sophie Binder
  • Erwin R. Boer
  • Erica Bohanon
  • Gary Brown
  • David Bryne
  • John Clapp
  • John Copeland
  • Mike Figgis
  • Hannah Hinchman
  • Rick Hoblitt
  • Steven Holl
  • Maira Kalman
  • Jenny Keller
  • Anderson Kenny
  • Marcy Kentz
  • Christopher Leitch
  • Nakano Masayoshi
  • Thomas Oslund
  • Lyle Owerko
  • Robert ParkeHarrison
  • Michael Roberts
  • Denyse Schmidt
  • Tucker Shaw
  • Brian Singer
  • Andrew Swift
  • Renato Umali
  • Idelle Weber
  • Martin Wilner

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