A peep inside some animation sketchbooks

Secretive and fiercely guarded, the sketchbook, says animator Laura Heit ‘affords the mark-maker a safe place to play, to experiment, and to be unusually free’.


So Heit was surprised, when she approached animators all over the world to allow a peek inside their sketchbooks for new book Animation Sketchbooks, that nearly everyone said yes.

‘A common response was “I can’t wait to see other people’s work!”’, she says.

The book also provides a rare opportunity to animators’ work both statically and on paper – featuring more than 50 artists worldwide it showcases a range of styles.

The work varies from the expected – such as JJ Villard’s doodling:

JJ Villard's doodling
JJ Villard’s doodling

To the more esoteric, such as Chel White’s Xerox self-portraits:

Chel White's photocopied face
Chel White’s photocopied face

And of course David Shrigley’s instantly recognisable style:

David Shrigley
David Shrigley self-portrait

As Heit – who gamely also opened her own sketchbooks for the project – says, ‘You are a guest, a welcome spy. Enjoy these pages, get lost, crack the codes, be inspired and start drawing.’

Animation Sketchbooks, by Laura Heit, is published by Thames & Hudson priced at £29.95.

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