Wednesday, 29 October 2014

London Sketchbook

This is an excellent sketchbook of London draws by Graham Byfield. The stunning structural engineering and appeal of the spots went to are caught with pencil and watercolor in point of interest.

It covers the primary visitor regions as well as the lesser known spots. It's a wonder how the old structures are protected, and how timeless their plans are. There are places of worship, townhouses, stone-cleared boulevards, solid structures and numerous different sights. Notes from the craftsman close to each one painting gives fascinating data about the spots.

It's a magnificent book for sketchbook significant others.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Sketchbooks come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with varied covers, and differing numbers of pages. Sketchbooks began as a way to provide a readily available supply of drawing paper in the convenient form of a book. Finish of the work found in the sketchbook varies widely from artist to artist, with some having very simple drawings and lots of notes, and some having highly worked images. Over time, it might allow others to see the artist's progress, as his/her style and skills develop. Many artists personalize their sketchbook by decorating the covers. Sketches are sometimes removed from sketchbooks at a later date. 

Sketchbooks made out of high quality paper, differentiated by weight and tooth, allow for a wide variety of techniques to be used, ranging from pencil drawings, to watercolor, to colored pencil, to pen and ink, and so on. Certain paper characteristics might be more desirable for use with certain mediums. Sketchbook paper comes in a variety of tones, ranging from pure white, to cream, and includes less common varieties, such as gray. In displays of contemporary art, as well as historical retrospectives, intimate and ephemeral records are increasingly valued, resulting in the exhibition of sketchbooks alongside "finished" artworks. Computer technology has allowed for the development of digital sketchbooks.

Friday, 11 May 2012


Malpighiaceae is a family of flowering plants in the order Malpighiales. It comprises approximately 75 genera and 1300 species, all of which are native to the tropics and subtropics. About 80% of the genera and 90% of the species occur in the New World (the Caribbean and the southernmost United States to Argentina) and the rest in the Old World (Africa, Madagascar, and Indomalaya to New Caledonia and the Philippines).

One feature which is found in several members of this family, and rarely in others, is providing pollinators with rewards other than pollen or nectar; this is commonly in the form of nutrient oils (resins are offered by Clusiaceae).

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


A sketchbook is "a book or pad with blank pages for sketching," and is frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of their creative process. The exhibition of sketchbooks at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 2006 suggested that there were two broad categories for classifying sketches

Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world and includes many such travel and nature studies and sketches recording an artist's travels.

Invention: this follows the artists' digressions and internal journeys as they develop compositional ideas