Illustrators' Sketchbooks

Illustrators' Sketchbooks

Hardback Published on: 19/10/2023
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Illustrators' Sketchbooks
Obsessed, frankly
My partner is an artist and I got this thinking they'd be interested in it, but actually it's for me now. Looking at these sketchbooks is such an amazi... READ MORE
Toni at Enfield Crown Road
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
An inspiring and beautiful book
I originally got this for my brother who is an illustrator but I also absolutely loved it! It got me itching to get out old sketchbooks and start painting ... READ MORE
Sarah Packer
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
Just treat yourself to it and get your sketchbook ready!
This book scores brownie points for its beautiful appearance, but most importantly it's simply filled with the love of illustrating and creating from day t... READ MORE
Lucy from Scarborough
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
A delightful collection of sketchbook pages
What a beautiful feast for the eyes. Covering lots of different styles the book has a good text to image balance. Really informative and inspirational with... READ MORE
Savannah  Horton
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
Quality that Pops on your Shelf
A wonderful coffee table book rich in illustration and character. A collection of the playful exploration of 60 artists, a few whom you make recognise, as ... READ MORE
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
Truly a wonderful collection of inspiring illustrations
I absolutely loved going through the incredible selection of artists featured throughout this book. Learning about each and every one of them is not only f... READ MORE
Samuel Emmott
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
This beautiful behemoth is the perfect gift for any art lover in your life! Countless decadent sketchbook spreads from the likes of Tove Jansson, Charlotte... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
Illustrators' Sketchbooks
Beautiful and Inspiring
It's unusual to see books specifically focused on illustration, so it was so fantastic to see this title. I often find that browsing artist's sketchbooks i... READ MORE
Georgina H


A treasure trove of visual delights: examples of the sketchbooks of sixty international illustrators offer new insights into their artistic practice. Intimate and often unseen, the sketchbook means something different to each illustrator. It might be a beautiful object, a work of art in its own right, where every line is painstakingly considered. It might be a pictorial playground, where mistakes can make art. The boundaries between sketchbooks, notebooks and visual journals are often blurred, lending to the creativity that fills their pages. It is likely that you will recognize many of the illustrators featured, including classic childhood favourites Beatrix Potter, Jean de Brunhoff, Edward Ardizzone and Tove Jansson, and established names such as Beatrice Alemagna, Oliver Jeffers and Shaun Tan. Others are up-and-coming, for example Charlotte Ager and Leah Yang. Martin Salisbury draws on decades of experience as an illustrator and educator to shed light on the lives and work of each artist. He even reveals pages from his own sketchbooks, exposing the rawness of his ideas and the narratives that surround them. As the reader will discover, sketchbooks are often a fascinating and surprising window into the mind of the illustrator.

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780500023303
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 1380g
  • Dimensions: 195 x 270 mm

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