Books I Read in May

Hi peeps, how was your August? I hope it was a good month overall, although it was pretty sad to hear the shocking news a few days ago about the passing of Chadwick Boseman. I don’t know what to say except that it was truly devastating. Okay, moving on to what I’ve been up to.

For a start, I think I’m going to scrap Artistic and call it a Creative Journey instead. Well, I just realize that sometimes what I do may not be artistic but to achieve everyday creativity. The bottom line is, something artistic is definitely creative and something creative may not necessarily be artistic.

Sharing My Creative Vault

This whole reconstruction of my creative vault happened because I decided I should share it with everyone who may be interested to take a peek. While I can’t stand clutters in my physical life, I’m a hoarder in my digital life. I love compiling and collecting information, visuals, media files, etc. Do I ever look at them again? Sometimes yes. However, most of the time, they’re sitting in my hard disk collecting dust (not literally) but you get the idea.

I thought to myself that others could have found these collections helpful in their creative pursuits, so…. I’ve cleaned up my digital notes for a bit to draft out a plan on how I could gradually release my collections on this blog for your use and work on updating it as well. Yes, it’s a lot of effort and time involved but it gives me a purpose to continue my digital hoarding which is something I enjoy anyway.

For a start, I’ve been binge-reading art and design-related magazines such as ImagineFX, Artist’s Drawing and Inspiration, and Artists & Illustrators. I didn’t subscribe to them individually. They’re all available on my Scribd subscription. While flipping and reading through these magazines, I started a few new boards and pinned the artworks from the magazines that I found fascinating and inspiring. Pinterest is the easiest way for me to curate boards for ideas when it comes to art and design.

Repurposing Old Notebooks and Books

I read somewhere that we remember better if we write things down rather than copy and pasting them on a digital notebook. With a load of learning going on, I’m running out of notebooks and I don’t want to be spending too much money buying new ones. So, I dug out some old notebooks that are just sitting in my studio collecting dust (literally.) I typically would send to the recycling centre but I could now reuse them to jot down notes on things I’ve learned. Apart from that, I still have some business books lying around so I took a hardcover book to be used as my sketchbook. I love the feel of the paper texture and I don’t mind the text on the background, so I put them to good use instead of getting a new sketchbook.

Books I Read Looked At in August

The Sketchbook Project World Tour

By Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker

Two art students founded The Sketchbook Project in 2006 due to their frustration over the culture of the art gallery that doesn’t seem to be more inclusive and at times can be exploitative. Peterman and Zucker began mailing out Moleskines to anyone for a small fee and have them mailed back the sketchbook to them to be housed at The Brooklyn Art Library. This sketchbook captured some, if not all the illustrations, doodles, and comics from the submission from the random people of all ages and creative abilities. Just by looking at it, I get so fascinated and inspired.

Street Sketchbook (Street Graphics/ Street Art)

by Manco, Tristan

This sketchbook collection showcases artworks from street and graffiti artists that came with various working methods and approaches. You’ll find storyboards, fantasy arts, typography, architectural drawings and doodlings of all kinds. I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this sketchbook. I have a digital version where I enjoy browsing online and pinning artworks I like to my Pinterest board.

Bento’s Sketchbook

By John Berger

Bento’s Sketchbook contains inked drawings from Berger himself and excerpts from Baruch Spinoza (also known as Benedict or Bento de Spinoza) who spent years of his short life writing and happened to carry a sketchbook with him. After his death, they managed to save his letters, manuscripts, notes but there was no sign of drawing of any kind. Therefore, this sketchbook is John Berger’s way of imagining that he has found Bento’s Sketchbook as he began drawing while taking inspiration from the Bento’s vision.