Open Sketchbook: Jason Logan

Jason Logan is a Toronto-based artist, illustrator, and designer. He recently founded Toronto Ink Company—I’ve used some of their Black Walnut ink and it smells so good you will want to drink it. But don’t. I asked him to share some images and answer a few questions about his sketchbook and he sent back this amazing video:

PLUMB: What kind of notebooks do you use?

JASON LOGAN: Heinz Jordan (made in Canada). Water-resistant, open flat, and the size of a Russian novel in paperback.

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PLUMB: What do you use them for?

JASON LOGAN: Everything (sketchbook as laboratory).

PLUMB: What do you do with them when you’re done?

JASON LOGAN: Date it and store for later reference.

PLUMB: Have you lost one? Did it matter?

JASON LOGAN: Yes. YES.

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PLUMB: What’s the difference between how you use a sketchbook and how you approach making something freestanding?

JASON LOGAN: Ideally no difference. I am working at making big canvas feel like sketchbook now.

PLUMB: How has making ink affected the way you draw or use a sketchbook?

JASON LOGAN: The sketchbook has become a bit of a testing ground for fugitive city pigments. Practically the ink takes longer to dry than a pen which slows me down a bit. I am using more brush and quill.

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PLUMB: What are your ideal work conditions for drawing?

JASON LOGAN: At night in the dark.

PLUMB: Whose notebooks or sketchbooks would you like to look at?

JASON LOGAN: Cy Twombly in North Africa.  Johannes Itten, experimenter of color.

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