Emma Carlisle is an artist and lecturer, based in Plymouth, UK. Her work primarily focuses on the landscape she encounters in Devon and Cornwall, a subject that allows her to revel in colour and expressive marks in pencil, watercolour, gouache and acrylic. Her dedication to her sketchbook started out as a personal project of drawing on location in an attempt to get back in touch with drawing and the natural landscape. She uses a mixture of materials including gouache, coloured pencils, brush pens and crayons to create a variety of textures. I really enjoy her use of colour and the burst of abstract, dynamic marks which often becomes the land on which a small cottage or tree sits upon.
Patrick Vale is a UK artist, who lives in New York. I admire his work, as he is an artist who compiles huge amounts of sketchbook illustrations and clearly draws on the go. Something that surprised me about his sketchbooks is that he includes drawings of trees/nature, when I had originally inferred that he mainly depicted street views and buildings. For his sketchbook work his main materials include ink pens/fine liners and a black posca pen. When I consider his use of line and the contrast between thick and thin I am strongly reminded of the work of Lucinda Rodgers, who I suspect will have been one of many inspirations for Patrick Vale. I find that his sketchbooks record all manner of subject matter and is a dedication to depicting the bustling scenes and the people that surround him in such a vast city.