You! Be Inspired! – Inspirations from Sketchbooks

Articles, Inspiration September 19, 2012

Most designers, especially illustrators, architects, interior designers, fashion designers and even web designers have a simple sketchbook accompanying their design process. Sketchbooks act as a tool more than just a journal showing artistic work from lines and colors. Sketches can be classified as observation – a documentation of the artist’s external world and invention – a series of drawings showing the internal journey of the development of composition and ideas. Throughout history, they are oftentimes seen on various exhibits or in some private art displays. But not anymore today.

Even with the evolution of digital art, sketchbooks today are still in the spotlight in terms of showcasing artistic quality in terms of illustration and design. With the power of the Internet, presenting the works in sketchbooks to the rest of the world is easy. They are seen by many people across the globe by just taking a photograph or scanning the sketch then posting it on a website. Online portfolios of most traditional illustrators have a link to view their sketchbooks. It adds up to the professional quality of the artist and taking a peek on his/her design process through raw sketches is a plus factor.

And to inspire you to make the most out of your sketchbooks or sketchpads out there – whether it is a moleskine or just an ordinary notebook – we’ll be presenting some amazing artists together with their one of a kind sketchbooks that will definitely inspire you to start filling up your own blank pages. Enjoy!

 


 

Irina Vinnik

 
Russian illustrator Irina Vinnik will make you say “wow!” over her sketchbooks. She was educated as an architect, has worked as a web designer, write and illustrate children’s books. Her unique style in manipulating ink lines and strokes in her sketchbook illustrations mostly floral designs and patterns are absolutely incredible!
 

Sketchbook Illustration by Irina Vinnik  via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Irina Vinnik  via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Irina Vinnik  via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Irina Vinnik  via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustration by Irina Vinnik  (Source)

 


 

Oleg Tischenkov

 
Oleg is an illustrator from Canada who specializes in character design and typography. His sketchbook shows us lovely doodles of cityscapes with some touch of natural elements like trees, leaves, flowers, animals and vines incorporated in each pieces per page.

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Oleg Tischenkov via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Oleg Tischenkov via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Oleg Tischenkov via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Oleg Tischenkov via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Oleg Tischenkov via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustrations by Oleg Tischenkov (Source)

 


 

Eniko Déri

 
As a graphic designer in Hungary, Eniko Déri specializes in print design, typography and packaging. Her sketchbook is so unique in terms of composition and idea. Each page is composed of different lines that create abstract and  surreal patterns delighting the eyes of anyone who looks at them.

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Eniko Déri via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Eniko Déri via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Eniko Déri via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Eniko Déri via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Eniko Déri via YouTheDesigner

Sketchbook Illustrations by Enik0 Déri (Source)

 


 

 Norio Fujikawa

 
Norio Fujikawa is an illustrator based in San Francisco who created 3D design models. He specializes in character and concept designs that makes his sketchbook extremely unique and full of fun and adventure!
 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustrations by Norio Fujikawa (Source)

 


 

 Lesya Nedzelskaya

 

Based in Ukraine, Lesya specializes in illustration, painting and drawing. Most of her subjects are based on the female figure incorporated with surreal and natural elements defining a unique style and feel.

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustrations by Lesya Nedzelskaya (Source)

 


 

Ben Templesmith

 
The award winning Australian comic artist Ben Templesmith have worked in various big time projects in the comic industry, most notably in Image Comics. He also worked for popular series like Star Wars, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. His sketches reflect how professional he is as an artist and his unique style is just incomparable.

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Ben Templesmith via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Ben Templesmith via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Ben Templesmith via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Ben Templesmith via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Ben Templesmith via YouTheDesigner

Sketchbook Illustrations by Ben Templesmith (Source)

 


 

Audrey Kawasaki

 
With the influence of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga, Audrey‘s works are very popular in terms of delicate features and flawlessness. She’s a painter based in LA focusing on erotic and decorative feminine portraits on wood and canvas. The doodles on her sketchbook are just a glimpse of how great an artist she has become.

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Audrey Kawasaki via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Audrey Kawasaki via YouTheDesigner

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Audrey Kawasaki via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Audrey Kawasaki via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Audrey Kawasaki via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustrations by Audrey Kawasaki (Source)

 


 

Mateusz Nowakowski

 
Irish illustrator and printmaker Mateusz Nowakowski created stunning sketches as a recording of different places he went and people he met and various ideas floating into his mind.

 

Sketchbook Illustration by  Mateusz Nowakowski via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by  Mateusz Nowakowski via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by  Mateusz Nowakowski via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustration by  Mateusz Nowakowski (Source)

 


 

Zlatina Gocheva

 
Based in Bulgaria, Zlatina Gocheva is an illustrator and blogger who has this “cute” element on her creations. Her sketchbook is full of simple yet imaginative sketches with very unique concepts and adorable ideas.
 

  Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustration by Zlatina Gocheva (Source)

 


 

Artem Solop

 
Another Ukraine based digital illustrator manages to maximize the use of his sketchbook. Artem Solop compiled his most amazing sketches with every detail on subjects like robots and mutants –  each is impressively done with pencils, pens and digitized later on. Here are some of his collection, the most remarkable ones are enlarged.

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Artem Solop via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Artem Solop via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Artem Solop via YouTheDesigner.com

 

Sketchbook Illustrations by Artem Solop via YouTheDesigner.com

Sketchbook Illustrations by Artem Solop (Source)

 


 
Sketchbooks are great sources of inspiration. They don’t just let us take a peek on the artist’s works but take us to an entirely different world of creativity. Share us your thoughts, inquiries and suggestions by commenting below. Find us on FacebookTwitter and Google Plus for more updates. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for everyday design news, content and freebies. Stay awesome everyone!

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Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.

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  • Pong Bermudez

    can i ask what’s the best pen to use? grettings from the phil. :)