Category Inspiration

The legacy of illustrator Miroslav Sasek

Miroslav Sasek, a Czech-born artist, was trained as an architect and made a career in children’s literature with books that depict city life around the world. Being an urban sketcher, it’s impossible not to find Sasek’s charming renditions of buildings,…

A treasure trove of Life magazines online

I have a bunch of old Life magazines at home that I’ve been browsing recently in search of inspiration. Whenever I find work that catches my eye, I mark it with a post-it note. Here’s an example: An article written…

Ronald Ginther’s watercolors of the Depression

Ronald Ginther’s watercolors are a rare visual document of the Depression years in the Seattle area. Ginther painted events he experienced in jails, homeless camps and demonstrations. I’m not sure how much he drew on the spot, but his works…

Let one watercolor a day flow

As far as drawing techniques go, watercolor can be really frustrating. As soon as the paint hits the paper, it seems to take a life of its own. Wait for it to dry, and the results may be far from…

Keys to Drawing

I often check out art instruction books from my neighborhood library. But I never spend enough time with any one in particular before they are due back. Keys to Drawing, however, has me hooked from the start. I’m enjoying it so…

The journalistic illustrations of Robert Weaver

The late Robert Weaver is known for his journalistic approach to illustration. The artwork he published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life and Esquire was based on sketches he drew on the field. This week I especially thought of…

Urban sketching as creative fuel

Urban sketching is mostly a hobby, but it can also benefit many people in their professional occupations. In his new book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery ($65, Wiley & Sons), urban designer and educator Jim Richards gives urban sketching his stamp of approval…