Below are both my third-year Unit X Sketchbook and Authorship Sketchbook. As well as this book, I used several A3 sheets to experiment with ideas. As a children’s book illustrator, my sketchbook is very practical; a place to document visual research, storyboard planning, and character development. This project was based around ‘My Family and Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell, and consisted of observational drawing and mapping out narratives – vital to what a ‘thinking through sketchbook’ should be! I am predominately a children’s book illustrator and usually write and illustrate my own narratives. My illustrative style consists of pencil crayon, watercolour and digital tools.
This is my third year Authorship Sketchbook. I also worked in an A3 book to experiment with ideas. This project was based on the female explorer Marianne North. Throughout the project I used Marianne’s biography for specifics on what I was going to illustrate, and then found visual research for all of these descriptions. I also looked at costume and fabric design, and sketched from books and documentaries. I also documented a trip to London to see Marianne’s gallery at Kew Gardens. I think my sketchbook definitely shows, as an illustrator, how sketchbooks are used to ‘think’ through a project!