Book Review: Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes

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Here's a wonderful sketchbook by Kerby Rosanes, an illustrator based in Manila, Philippines. He's known in the doodling community for his cute and intricate drawings.

This 128-page sketchbook is designed to look like those Moleskine sketchbooks with those rounded corners and elastic bands.

I've seen Kerby Rosanes art before and I like the style. All the sketches in this book are arranged chronologically, starting with the first doodle in 2012 that got his name out there. This sketchbook collects over 4 years of work so you can see how he has evolved.

The art is not all cute. There are serious pieces as well, but drawn in his characteristically detailed style. I like the ideas for some pieces, and how he plays with the lines, light and dark. There aren't a lot of text except for the introduction and foreword.

Downside of the book is some artworks are printed across the gutter and they don't look as good with that vertical line in the middle. The binding of this book is good so the pages can be laid out rather flat so it's probably not a big deal. At least there are no misalignment issues for artworks so detailed so that's a good thing.

It's a wonderful and inspiring book for those into doodling and sketching. It's definitely worth the price and this sketchbook is very affordable!

If you like this book, check out Mattias Adolfsson's sketchbooks too.

Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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