Book Review: Animation Sketchbooks

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There seems to be two publishers for this title. Chronicle Books are publishing it with the orange cover, and probably for distributing in USA. Thames & Hudson publishes it with a red cover and distributes it for Europe. So the price of the book will vary depending on where you buy it.

Animation Sketchbooks follows in the same format as Comics Sketchbooks: The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents and Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers. It features the sketchbooks of creative individuals, in this case, those who work for animation, not necessarily just artists.

50 creatives are featured and with 320 pages, it still means that the coverage for each person is quite limited. The text comes in the form of quotes plus a short profile on who they are, what they do and have created. There's not much text. The focus of the book is on showing the insides of their sketchbooks.

The sketchbook pages come in the form of sketches, collages and doodles. A lot are random musings.

It's difficult for me to understand the purpose of the book, probably as a pool of random sketchbook pages to dive into. The text doesn't talk much about animation and the sketchbook pages aren't necessarily linked to animation.

If you want to check out more work, there's a listing of websites at the back of the book. These are the featured:

  • Nancy Andrews
  • Lilli Carré
  • Martha Colburn
  • Luis Cook
  • Suzanne Deakin
  • Jo Dery
  • Paul Driessen
  • Félix Dufour-Laperrière
  • Adam Elliot
  • Janie Geiser
  • Philippe Grammaticopoulos
  • Pierre-Luc Granjon
  • Brent Green
  • Laura Heit
  • Isabel Herguera
  • Don Hertzfeldt
  • Chris Hinton
  • Jonathan Hodgson
  • Stephen Irwin
  • Avish Khebrehzadeh
  • Fran Krause
  • Raimund Krumme
  • Simone Massi
  • Miwa Matreyek
  • Florence Miailhe
  • Mirai Mizue
  • David OReilly
  • Osbert Parker
  • Priit Pärn
  • Michaela Pavlátová
  • Regina Pessoa
  • David Polonsky
  • Jeff Scher
  • Allison Schulnik
  • Georges Schwizgebel
  • Maureen Selwood
  • Dash Shaw
  • David Shrigley
  • Cat Solen
  • Stacey Steers
  • Steven Subotnick
  • Chris Sullivan
  • Malcolm Sutherland
  • Jim Trainor
  • Ree Treweek
  • Paul Vester
  • J. J. Villard
  • Chel White
  • Run Wrake
  • Koji Yamamura


This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook or visit their website.

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This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook or visit their website.

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