More often than not, we are only ever privileged to see the end products. Not the inspirations, not the trails nor the errors. Certainly, no one is ever concerned about the process leading to the ‘perfect work of art’ – save for the artists themselves! And what a shame that is.
Ideas are usually volatile. They come and go with the wind. For an artist, sketching is the fundamental building block on which the full artistic potential of the final piece depends. Sketching is the most uninhibited and freest form of the creative process – a form of art in itself.
Street Sketchbook by Tristan Manco, to put it simply, is not your contemporary book on art. Although it focuses on the modern-day artists of our time – and features contemporary images and artworks.
Street Sketchbook delved into a form of art mostly overlooked as part of the artistic process. Offering fellow artists, students, researchers, lovers of art and critics unfettered access to the artist’s own diary – the artist’s very soul.
Street Sketchbook takes its readers on an extraordinary journey across the worlds of the artists. As we travel from Englishman Guy McKinley to Bolognese Blu, and some of the other leading Street and graffiti artists, the book laid bare the diversity of working methods to the development of a personal visual vocabulary of these artists.
Street sketchbook invites the readers to be inspired by the animated sketches and paintings of Amose. the imaginative narrations of Will Barras. The masterful storytelling of Blu. The idealistic paintings and sketches of B0130. The simplistic compositions of Guy McKinley. The large and thought-provoking works of Dreph. The intricately structured drawings and sketches of the Japanese influenced Jago.
And so many other featured artists exploring themes such as love, topography, mystery, life, anatomy, architecture and personality.
Street Sketchbook is an absolute must – for the art enthusiasts and critics alike. Filled with insightful research and quotes on the featured artists. The life, inspiration, originality, and energy in this book are boundless.
For the Artists and students, what better way to be inspired save from the inspirations of the masters themselves!