Open Sketchbook: Nigel Peake

Nigel Peake is a master drawer of man-built structures. And birds, among other things. He has published several books and zines, including In The Wilds and In The City. Trained as an architect, he employs a precise but human line to capture whatever he happens to be looking at. And as with many artists, it’s a joy to look at the world through his eyes on his photo blog, too. He lives in rural Ireland.

I asked him to send along a few images from his notebooks and answer a few questions about how he uses them.

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook - Bird

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook - Skyline

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook - Farms

PLUMB: What do you use notebooks for?

NIGEL PEAKE: To catch things.

PLUMB: What kind of notebook do you prefer?

NIGEL PEAKE: I use Moleskine with blank pages but I also just fold A4 sheets into a book. As for pens, whatever is at hand. I do like to use pencils.

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

NIGEL PEAKE: Stack them.

PLUMB: Have you ever lost one?

NIGEL PEAKE: On a boat I lost a few pages to the sea.

PLUMB: Under what conditions do you make your best work?

NIGEL PEAKE: I like to work on a table, with a window somewhere, sometimes a door shut, and normally with music playing.

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook 1

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook 2

Nigel Peake - Open Notebook 3

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