Inside The Street Artist’s Sketchbook

Sketch by Parisian artist Turbo
All the creative greats throughout time have used a sketchbook: Leonardo da Vinci, Michealangelo, Rolf Harris… Anyone who is visually creative will have a book or a pad they scribble ideas on or work out visual compositions – and it’s no different for the graffiti artist. A new book by Tristan Manco explores the sketchbooks of over 65 street artists from around the world…

Turbo sketch 2
Sketch by Parisian artist Turbo. See below for the finished piece…

Turbo wall 2

All the creative greats throughout time have used a sketchbook: Leonardo da Vinci, Michealangelo, Rolf Harris… Anyone who is visually creative will have a book or a pad they scribble ideas on or work out visual compositions – and it’s no different for the graffiti artist. A new book by Tristan Manco explores the sketchbooks of over 65 street artists from around the world including Banksy (shown in the book is Banksy’s original sketch for his Old Street stencil of Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction hitmen guise holding yellow bananas instead of guns – an artwork that’s tragically been painted over), Ekta from Gothenburg in Sweden, Eroné from Lille in France, Andy Rementer from New Jersey but based in Treviso in Italy, to name but a few…

Here are some images from the book which show ideas in development – including (below) another example of how closely Parisian graffiti writer Turbo’s sketches inform his wall paintings:

Turbo sketch
Turbo photo

by Blu
A spread from Italian artist Blu‘s sketchbook

by Ekta
Drawing from Swedish artist Ekta‘s sketchbook

by A J Purdy
A hairy-legged creature sketched by US artist A. J. Purdy

Street Sketchbook book cover

Street Sketchbook by Tristan Manco is published by Thames & Hudson, £19.95

There will be a book launch event in London’s Rough Trade East store, Dray Walk, London E1 6QL – at which artists from the book will be present to doodle on copies of the book, as well as creating new works, scribbling on the walls in a paper lined area at the back of the shop.

Artists confirmed for the launch are

Wet Shame Crew: Paris (Bristol), Eco (Stroud), Mudwig (Stroud)
David Earl Dixon (Colchester)
Duncan Jago (Bristol)
Guy McKinley (Manchester)
Showchicken (London)

The event is free and anyone is welcome to join in!

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