Books We Love: Monochromatic

 

Check out ten prints from The Sketchbook Project collection, created purely with a black and white palette.  All books are housed at Brooklyn Art Library, alongside 35,000 other sketchbooks created by artists from around the world.

Kate's been a participant in The Sketchbook Project for years, and we love the way she incorporates mixed media with her illustration, as she does in this moon-themed sketchbook. See more of Kate's work here.

 

KATE CASTELLI -
CAMBRIDGE, MA

EVA ARZDORF -
COLOGNE, GERMANY

Eva's monochromatic, bird-centric book feels almost like a light-hearted, playful approach to John Jame's Audubon's wildlife drawings. See more of Eva's work here.

We're huge fans of the way Oregon-based artist April Donovan pairs intricately drawn scenes with meaningful text.  Click here to see more of April's work.

APRIL DONOVAN -
HOOD RIVER, OR

We love the grungy undertones of each of Iva's monochromatic scenes, combining dreary aspects of everyday life with elements of whimsy. Click here to see more of Iva's work.

 

IVA DURKACOVA -
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

The painstaking detail Maira uses to create these radiating, tree-ring-like shapes is incredible, and is a great contrast to the negative space of the blank page. See more of Maira's work here.

MAIRA FUKIMOTO -
SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

RICHARD VERGEZ -
BROOKLYN, NY

Graphic designer Richard Vergez's uses a minimalist, Dada-inspired style to play with the 'diptych' created by side-by-side sketchbook pages. And fun fact- he used to be on staff at Brooklyn Art Library! Click to see more of Richard's work.

YARA FUKIMOTO -
SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

 

We love the way Brazil-based artist Yara Fukimoto creates and combines both organic and geometric forms, often on the same page. Click here to see gallery prints of Yara's sketchbook.

We're so taken by the intricate, interwoven line-work on each of Satomi's sketchbook pages. Click to learn more about The Sketchbook Project.

 

SATOMI SUGIMOTO -
TOKYO, JAPAN

Brooklyn-based Zach Whitehurst designs incredibly complex, geometric patterns in his monochromatic sketchbooks. Click here to see Zach's full book.

ZACH WHITEHURST -
BROOKLYN, NY

PASCALE GIRARDIN - 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Pascale's amazing detailing in his abstract, organic shapes create a sense of texture and tactility so strong, it's hard not to reach out and touch each page. Click here to see the rest of Pascale's book.