I got the book Street Sketchbook as a present (from my Amazon wishlist) not this Christmas but the Christmas before and I have been meaning to review it ever since.

Street Sketchbook is as the name implies a look at the sketch books of artist and illustrators. The word “Street” does not necessarily mean that the artists are street artists, though some are, but is used more as a term to describe non conformists art. A lot of the sketches are character based, with interlocking patterns and figures and is a great source of inspiration for graphic designers and illustrators alike. I don’t know about you but I sometimes prefer the rough drawings I do for my design projects to he finished designs. A sketch just manages to have spontaneity that is difficult to maintain.

Below are some pages from the book

street sketchbook design book - designer sketches

I really like the use of ready made/found  images in the pages above. It’s something that could be used as inpiration for illustration or design – using the idea of taking found textures and drawing on top of them.

street sketch book design book - pen and ink character design

I like the way this image flows across the page and the stylistic characters are beautiful.

street sketchbook watercolour illustration

As you would expect from a sketch book many of the illustrations are black and white, but as you can see from the pages above some artists also demonstrate the use of loose vibrant colour work.

Overall I think this book is a great source of imagery, I was so impressed I actually bought a painting (below) by one of the featured artists Wayne Horse 

black and white painting