I’m so thrilled to start my guest writing here by showing you some never seen before glimpses of Simon Wild's sketchbooks. His work is so vibrant and full of energy.
I met him recently when he came down to London to meet us at a graphic art fair and it was great to browse through his moleskine while we were having lunch by the river. I noticed his fab website doesn’t have a sketchbook section and asked him for a few spreads and a few words on the relevance of his sketchbooks with relation to his working process.
Here’s what Mr. Wild had to say...My sketchbooks are at the heart of my practice. They are my diary, my playground, my travel records, my collection of observations, my successes, my failures, my private thoughts and my visual compass. I keep sketchbooks as I am interested not only in the preservation of my own fleeting ideas, but also capturing the world around me and drawing inspiration from it.
Sometimes I doodle recklessly, sometimes I observe with relentless patience, sometimes I glue things down like an angry child, but it all helps to feed the creative spirit, helping to shape the work whatever form it chooses.
I never ever leave home without a sketchbook in my pocket. My sketchbook is a magical place where the real world and the imagination enjoy a ritualistic courtship every time I put pen to paper.
Very inspiring indeed… thanks Simon! For more of Simon Wild’s visual delights, visit his website.