Monday, May 26, 2008

Notebooks


I do most of my mental work, thinking and planning, in a small cache of moleskine notebooks. I've recently begun carrying a variety of them, no less than 5, each one assigned a medium or cause. It's been really helpful in organizing and specializing the work. I'm a big fan of context, so having the books this way has been helpful in maintaining focus on each thing while allowing for a healthy push and pull of new ideas.
Here is a small selection of the contents, across different notebooks, and so, different times and projects and ambitions. Some which may see the light of day.

Enjoy,

James








25 comments:

Randeep Katari said...

J,
I've spent the last 10 minutes just staring at these. Such clear, concise shapes, such direct drawings...amazing stuff man. Inspiring. Always looking forward to more.
R.

tokyobanana said...

Hello , i'm a french character designer working as background designer and colo' in a studio called ANKAMA in france ("tv show "wakfu").


That what just to say that i know you by your work since 2 years , and i can say anything except that i definitely love your work , that's so appealing and great!!!

thanks for all , you make eveytime wonderful lines , bravo and sincerly , i m honored to ,in first don't be scared to let you a message , and in second to see that animation is alive thanks to guys like you .
BRAVO for everything and keep up , "bonne continuation" as we use to say here in FRANCE . bye and see you ,i hope that we will work together !!!

i hope so much , send me a message if you got a little bit of time but i don't want bother you , try it if you got time ,bye . and again Thanks and BRAvO.


with my sincere feelings,



Emmmanuel Briand
http://tokyobanana.blogspot.com/



PS: i vejust read what i said just right know and i m feeling ashamed now ,don't laugh at me pffff ...

csteingart said...

Thanks for sharing! Love this post.

Myke Bakich said...

Great Sketches!

Loose and expressive line, Strong clear shapes, Deep sense of emotion and character, fantastic!

Its always inspiring seeing your work, thanks for sharing.

Munchanka said...

You inspire me, man--I need take up the ol' sketchbook again! The thumbnails on the bottom are most intriguing.

Heidi Smith said...

Really, really beautiful sketches!!

Jenny Lerew said...

Very beautiful and inspiring stuff! Thanks for putting it all up.

Dani said...

All of this is great, James! I still can't get over how simple yet specific the poses of the lady in the park are... I just know exactly what it feels like to lay like that, the weight, the squash, the pull, etc.

Aaand, I just can't wait to see those outfits realized!

Bianca said...

These are amazing James! I can't stop looking at them!!

Besides your characters always having weight and you using such beautiful lines to describe poses, their alive. I can't stop looking at the woman that is looking at us. Your designs are amazing, they have so much character.

Thank you for all the inspiration!!

Charlene Fleming said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Your sketches always have such genuine life to them and it's tremendously inspiring.

wako said...

amazing drawings...bravo!!

Alina Chau said...

wonderful drawings!

Gus said...

I like the simplicity of your sketches.

Thank you for taking the time to post your work.

Tobias Schwarz said...

Great work, thanks for sharing!

Kei Acedera said...

Wow you're making a great collection of sketchbooks!! Its a really good idea to organize them like that. Your drawings are so wonderful, and your notes and process are really inspiring.

Gerald said...

Fantastic sketch dump! You're super speedy when it comes to sketching. Rock-on!

Murray Huber 3rd said...
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Murray Huber 3rd said...

Love your artwork. It has a softness to it, can't put my finger on it, like very warm, simple artwork.

Bobby Chiu said...

gorgeous sketches J!

bodypainting said...

This book very interesting, I'll haev to try and hunt it down and have a look.
;)
Eeeek! How wonderful

naturline said...

wonderful drawings!
Fantastic sketch dump!

Intimas said...

Very beautiful ! Thanks for putting it all up.

crylic said...

The rosie cheeked girls are just fantastic! As is all the rest. Love your stuff.

Joe Karg said...

Such amazing sketches! This is the stuff I live for. I really wonder if there's a market for artist's just printing raw, unaltered versions of their sketchbooks. I'd buy one:)

Peace,
joe

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