These images are from the sketchbook of James Jean. They represent good examples of the principals: Drawing and Utilising your creative brain.
The intention of the images above is to help to develop and document ideas, to be a resource for future reference so the things that catch the eye in that moment can become inspiration for things that haven’t necessarily been thought of yet. Also to enhance and maintain the skill of being able to draw, if one doesn’t draw for a while it can take time to regain the ability.
The images are very effective as a resource and also show a really high level of skill and a good ability to observe and depict the subject.
It’s hard to define the audience for a sketchbook because its not the finished article. That leads to the thinking that the primary audience would be the creator of the sketchbook, the point of the sketchbook being to formulate and develop future ideas.
Also the fact that the sketchbooks are included on James Jean’s website show that there is a wider audience who appreciate and value the sketchbooks as separate works of art, but also intrinsically vital to the whole.
The signs in the images are references to the cultural context that the artist is viewing. Things such as airports, film sets, car badges, baseball cards and the people all suggest travelling and a collection of thing from popular American culture. The footnotes under the images on his website indicate where some of the sketches were drawn.
Sketchbooks are often quite personal and could be considered to be a messages or visual notes to the creator of the sketchbook, the context of the sketches depict images of every day life draw overlapping each other using pencil and ink to create strong lines and intense detailing.
This is a quote from illustrator Tin Salamunic.
“I never fully believed in such things as talent. Many see it as some sort of ‘gift‘, or special natural ability to do things without much effort. But many are not aware of the history of hard work most artists carry behind their art. Creativity and great conceptual thinking are not the result of having talent. They are the result of all the artist’s studies and pieces of their visual library in their head forming new images and ideas.
People are always searching for the best way to develop their own personal style or voice in art. The best way to do this is to constantly record images in your sketchbook, draw everything in front of you, keep a visual diary. Draw so much it becomes intuitive, natural, like your handwriting.”