After many months of scanning and compiling hundreds of pages from his sketchbooks, Joseph Loughborough has released a book of drawings titled ‘The Intimate Sketchbooks’ which is now available from his online store. With more than 200 pages, its enough to satisfy the curiosity of the most inquisitive linework fan.
Joseph describes “Selecting one or two drawings from each sketchbook was no easy task. The compulsive nature in which these shell like figures and compositions evolve have consumed around a hundred sketchbooks in the last 20 years. Alongside my daily rantings and ravings each journal is filled with random scribbles, visual notes, street findings and more eligible drawings. They have proved invaluable to the process of my practice.
“With this publication I wanted to compile some of my favourite images and include some earlier ones to illustrate where this side of my visual language has developed from. Many will note the difference between these and my larger charcoal drawings. This I believe is because I have used the sketchbook primarily for working studies as opposed to a direct physical expression onto the paper, although the automatic nature of their execution could well be described as expressive.”
The images are placed in an approximate chronological order associated to the city in which he was living during that period.