Ana Albero / Paul Paetzel / Biografiktion

Ana Albero

Ana Albero

Ana Albero’s work

Ana Albero is a freelance illustrator based in Berlin, who, together with Till Hafenbrak (featured previously) is two thirds of the collective trio of Biografiktion — the other one being Paul Paetzel – a comic meister and illustrator rolled into one. They all met while taking Illustration classes in the University of Arts in Berlin, and have gone on to develop their own styles while collaborating on various projects together.

Like day and night (day)

UNS FLYER

Paul Paetzel’s work

Together, all three of them form the self publishing wonder Biografiktion where they work together to produce limited edition zines and posters. Their energy is amazing!

Drawn In / Julia Rothman

Drawn In

Remember how I gushed about my love of books on zines?

Well get ready for another love – books on sketchbooks.

Julia’s latest book, Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists is a treasure trove of artists sketchbooks, all laid bare for you to drool over.

Drawn In

Meg Hunt’s sketchbook

Drawn In

Like a peek into one’s soul, artist’s sketchbooks are only shared among friends and lovers (and some not at all). Thoughts, dreams, ideas, techniques in various stages of experimentation can be found among their dog-eared pages. From Lauren Nassef’s huge collection of drawings a day, to a selection of Mark Mulroney’s work (which Julia had to select carefully as there were lots of x-rated elements in there!); the book makes for an excellent gift for anyone who loves drawing things down.

Part interview and largely a collection of sketchbooks from some of my favorite artists like Mike Lowery, Tad Carpenter and Katy Horan among many others; Drawn In is varied, beautiful and inspiring. And hopefully, flipping through the book will make you want to start a sketchbook of your own; or at least, return to it if the habit has been tossed aside for too long.

Drawn In

Drawn In

If you’re in New York, Julia is having a signing party and sketchbook exhibition starting 6pm on 30th June (that’s this Thursday!) at the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo. See here for more details!