Summer Reading

By Martina - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I have read some inspiring books in the past couple of months.

In June I focused on books about illustration, I bought How to Draw Almost Every Day by Kamo and The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde - two very different books that cover topics I wanted to master and that also look very cool, I love their style.


Inspired by How to Draw Almost Every Day, I started keeping a daily journal where I only write one or two lines and match them with a tiny, very simple drawing. The challenge is to do this everyday. I started by copying Kamo's illustration style and have been tweaking it a little bit day by day, just to experiment. I also bought some more art supplies and have been practicing a little with watercolours, collage and freehand drawing, both on paper and on my iPad. I came up with some simple stories and characters and I am really proud of what I have done so far, although I should definitely practice more and possibly everyday (I will try to do that first thing in the morning, even if it's just one silly little thing per day and not a full page of doodling and colouring).

I also bought a book called Hand-drawn Maps by Helen Cann. I haven't read it yet but it looks really inspiring and full of details.


In July I started reading the famous Italian classic by Alessandro Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi. I've been wanting to re-read this book for a long time, so the last time I visited my family I went to the local bookshop to buy a copy (my brother helped me pick one in between the dozens of editions they had). I am still reading it but I've been really enjoying its company (I took it with me to Spain), so I thought I should feature it here even though I haven't finished it yet.

Last but not least, I bought The Cat and the King by Nick Sharratt from a local yard sale. The lovely child that was hosting it recommended this title, and as I browsed through I thought its illustrations looked interesting, so I went for it. After all, I am trying to read some children literature along with my grown up books, and what's better than being recommended a book by an actual child that read it? The story itself is very funny, I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. It had almost a grown up sense of humour sometimes. And the illustrations were great, as I expected.

What are you currently reading?

Martina x

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