This book shares large full-color images and profiles each of the high profile, amazingly talented artists that discuss their sketchbooks and how they use them. People are fascinated by artist's sketchbooks. They offer a glimpse into private pages where artists brainstorm, doodle, develop and work on ideas, and keep track of their musings. Artists use these journals to document their daily lives, produce their initial ideas for bigger projects, and practice their skills. Using a variety of media from paint to pencil to collage, these pages can become works of art themselves. They often feel fresh and alive because they are first thoughts and often not reworked. These pages capture the artist's personalities along with glimpses of their process of working and inspirations.
Julia Rothman is a pattern designer and illustrator in Brooklyn. Her pattern designs can be seen on products for companies such as Urban Outfitters and Garnet Hill. She has her own line of letterpress stationery and wallpaper. Her illustrations can be found in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine and on a poster displayed throughout New York's subway system. Her blog, Book By Its Cover, gets on average about 4,500 daily unique readers.