I have always been facinated with the 'interior lives' of Artists and the processes by which it contributes to their 'Art.' Danny Gregory's book, "An Illustrated Life," gives us a unique glimpse into Creativity and the creative process through the personal sketchbooks and illustrated journals of Visual Artists, Illustrators and Designers.
This book is 'eye-candy' for the visual connoisseur. It includes more than three dozen hardcore sketchbook fanatics, including comicbook illustrator Robert Crumb.
According to Gregory, "the approach is a varied as the lives the pages record. Some journal keepers are methodical... Others are wildly improvisational... " "A sketchbook is a great, nonthreatening place to begin to draw. It is also an ideal place to develop ideas, experiment and break away from restrictions imposed by our increasingly digital workspace."
Before I studied how to make Films, I first learned Photography... My love of photography was initially sparked by my childhood doodling and facination with creating images. I believe that all visual artists can benefit from sketching and keeping visual journals, because it cultivates our 'ways of seeing.' These personal diaries can become mirrors into our deepest creative wells... a treasure chest for our own brand of art.
Bryce Wymer, Illustrator/Designer Broadcast/Motion Design - "Of all my many works, my visual journals have the strongest purpose and are the truest form of Art. They are the few places where my thoughts are expressed solely for my own expectations, a vehicle for self-exploration..."
Butch Belair, Freelance Photographer/3D Illustrator - "Representing the quality of the light in a scene is something I struggle with... I find myself drawing, just to be drawing, in and of itself. I have no expectations of it other than as a way to unwind and possibly learn."
A lot of photographers have been inquiring about the equipment I use... here is a short list for the curious:
Cameras for Commercial work: Fuji XPro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF zooms and primes), Canon 7D, 2 Canon 1Ds MarkIIs (w/ EF L Series zooms and primes), Canon 1n RS, Mamiya RZ67 ProII (lenses & system), Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID & Sinar P2 (used with rented digital backs).
Studio Equipment: I use several Alien Bees Monolights (3 640watts & 4 320watts), an Alien Bees Ringflash with accessories, Alien Bees Rectangular and Octagonal Soft Boxes in different sizes, umbrellas and parabolic umbrellas up to 86", an assortment of grids, barndoors and snoots. 4 150watts monolights with softboxes and accessories and an assortment of 25 -60watts clip on slaves with customized softboxes and accessories. 2 vagabond II portable power packs. 4 pocket wizard II transmitters and a pocket wizard multimax. An assortment of lightstands and booms. Several Manfrotto tripods, a Manfrotto Monopod and a Manfrotto light table. Lowel Tota/Omni kits for video lighting.
Equipment for Fine Art work: Fuji X Pro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF and Canon FL lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Leica D-Lux 3, Apple iPhone 6 Plus (with assorted photo apps.), Mamiya Universal and Super 23 Press systems, Polaroid 600SE system, Mamiya C system, 2 Canon F-1n (FD Lenses & system), Canon FT (FL Lenses), 5 x 7 Graphic View II with antique lenses, Bell & Howell Dial 35 (Canon 35mm half-frame), Argus C3 and C44 system, Graflex 22 model 400, Mamiya six, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2, plus assorted antique, toy and pinhole cameras from my collection. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers.
Video/Movie Cameras: Canon 7D (Canon EF L Series lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Canon XL1S mini-DV system, Apple IPhone 6 Plus (with assorted video Apps.), Bolex H8, Canon Super 8 1014XL-S, Bolex EBM 16mm, Bolex H16 Reflex.