Contained in the Sketchbook of Kazland

Kazland is the artwork pseudonym of Guildford-based artist Callum Buckland. Whereas his sketchbook apply is completely different from any of the opposite artists we’ve featured in our Contained in the Sketchbook sequence thus far, it’s one which many artists will relate to and use themselves. In a way, Kazland’s studio partitions create the binding of his sketchbook, so his drawings can manifest on quite a lot of completely different sized paper surfaces. Kazland visited us within the Jackson’s studio to elucidate how he retains observe of his concepts with this unbound course of.


Kazland Takes Us By means of His Sketchbook Apply

For the final 4 or so years, I’ve stopped utilizing sketchbooks as a lot and began utilizing items of paper that both get taped to my studio wall for fast inspiration after I’m struggling, or put in a field to be discovered once more later. I do nonetheless use a e book every so often however the pages most of the time get torn out and added to the wall… I like these actually little Daler Rowney pocket sketchbooks with rounded corners. They’re nice for retaining in a backpack or an precise pocket for drawing out and about. The actually easy, ivory paper takes ink surprisingly nicely for thinner paper. Straightforward to lose although.


Kazland Sketchbook


I don’t actually plan or sketch a lot of my work beforehand, however I’m a giant believer in sustaining a each day drawing apply and it all the time helps in a method or one other. It typically takes some outdoors eyes to level out the hyperlinks between my work and my drawings to me – I discover it onerous to note because it’s nearly by no means intentional. That could possibly be why I wish to encompass myself with little drawings – They will all simply be absorbed slowly with out actually figuring out it.


Kazland Sketchbook



Most of my drawing occurs within the morning, simply after breakfast. I like to do that day by day if I can – I’ll typically attract mattress earlier than I go to sleep too, but when it’s to not save an concept I’ve simply had, they hardly ever make the wall.


Kazland Sketchbook


For so long as I’ve been working I’ve been utilizing the very same pens – Posca PC-1M and I’m but to search out one thing I desire to attract or write with. If the paper has any tooth to it the pens can spit and splutter and I simply find it irresistible. I wish to have a wide variety of various instruments on me always. Aside from my favorite pens, I often have a Stabilo Woody 3in1, some Caran d’Ache Neocolour I and II and I like Prismacolors Premiers and Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils on the minute. There’s additionally a selected thick black Posca PC-7M I take advantage of to attract snakes. It’s all I take advantage of them for – it’s good. Oh and my newest obsession is with the Caran d’Ache Neopastels. I’m nonetheless kind of figuring them out, however they’re so vibrant and simply stunning to work with.


Kazland Sketchbook



My go-to paper is absolutely something from a particular pile I’ve of fastidiously cut-up, deserted works on paper. It’s a mix of Fabriano Eco Paper, Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper, Bristol Board 300 Sequence, and any good scraps I discover mendacity round. I’ve began making an attempt extra watercolour work and I’ve been actually into the International Fluid Straightforward Block Scorching Pressed Paper. They’re glued on two edges in order that they don’t wrinkle or carry up with moist mediums.



Like so many different artists I discovered that if I’ve a very nice sketchbook I postpone ever utilizing it and reserve it for one thing particular… A sequence of immaculate drawings that will by no means come. And the specter of having to tear out the shameful failed sketches and dangerous concepts is even better. The one scrap of paper technique has zero stress, it’s all about simply making one thing, which I actually reply nicely to. And with the ability to reorder the drawings, take them away, destroy the dangerous ones, and show the perfect ones is sweet for the soul. Most likely.


Kazland Sketchbook



Posca PC-1M

Posca PC-7M (bullet tip)

Caran d’Ache Neopastels

Caran d’Ache Neocolour I

Caran d’Ache Neocolour II

Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils

Stabilo Woody 3in1

Fabriano Eco Paper Pad

International Fluid Straightforward Block Scorching Pressed Paper

Daler Rowney Ivory Softbound Pocket Sketchbook

Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper

Bristol Board 300 Sequence (all sizes)



About Kazland

Kazland is a self taught, combined media artist from the south of England. Creating nearly completely by way of instinct, he makes work that’s about telling tales and discovering stability with summary compositions. He creates summary narratives of acquainted shapes and recurring symbols, utilizing completely different mediums and irresponsibly positioned shadows to power perspective and breathe depth into his work. Usually engaged on 2 or 20 work without delay he jumps between them to carry throughout palettes and themes, weaving all of them collectively right into a cohesive world.

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Additional Studying

5 Minute Drawing Workout routines

How one can Use Watercolour Pencils

Contained in the Sketchbook of Frances Ives

Creating a Every day Drawing Apply With the Royal Drawing College


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Clare McNamara

As Weblog Editor, Clare oversees content material for the weblog, manages the publishing schedule and contributes commonly with options, opinions and interviews. With a background in effective arts, her practices are illustration, graphic design, video and music.