David Korty is an LA-based artist and avid fly-fisherman. He is known mostly for his flat and vibrant paintings that depict the world around him in a slightly off-kilter way. He makes beautiful ceramics, too. Our friends at The Thing Quarterly are releasing David Korty’s issue this Saturday, May 31 at Night Gallery in Los Angeles—go have a look if you’re in town.
David sent along some images from his current sketchbook and agreed to answer a few questions.
PLUMB: How do you use your sketchbooks?
DAVID KORTY: I usually just keep them around and draw in them when the mood strikes. Or if I have to fly somewhere I will draw a lot on the plane.
PLUMB: What are they for?
DAVID KORTY: Drawing.
PLUMB: What do you do with them when you’re finished?
DAVID KORTY: I put them on one of my shelves. But I should say it’s rare to actually finish one. Most are about half-filled.
PLUMB: Have you ever lost one?
DAVID KORTY: I left a really nice one in a New York taxi a few years ago. It had this great drawing of a woman from the flight over in it.
PLUMB: Did it matter?
DAVID KORTY: Yes.
PLUMB: Under what conditions do you make your best work?
DAVID KORTY: I can usually make a drawing I’m happy with. That’s the great thing about drawing in a sketchbook. It’s best to keep it simple and not get overly ambitious. I try and save that for later when I’m making a painting.
PLUMB: Whose notebook would you most like to look at?
DAVID KORTY: Saul Steinberg.
I took these photos while visiting David at his outdoor studio in Highland Park in Los Angeles in 2010, and when he visited me in San Anselmo, California in 2013.