Contained in the Sketchbook of Kazland

Kazland is the artwork pseudonym of Guildford-based artist Callum Buckland. Whereas his sketchbook apply is totally different from any of the opposite artists we’ve featured in our Contained in the Sketchbook collection up to now, 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 a wide range of totally different sized paper surfaces. Kazland visited us within the Jackson’s studio to clarify how he retains monitor of his concepts with this unbound course of.


Kazland Takes Us By way 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 guide every so often however the pages as a rule get torn out and added to the wall… I like these actually little Daler Rowney pocket sketchbooks with rounded corners. They’re nice for conserving in a backpack or an precise pocket for drawing out and about. The actually easy, ivory paper takes ink surprisingly properly for thinner paper. Simple to lose although.


Kazland Sketchbook


I don’t actually plan or sketch a lot of my work beforehand, however I’m an enormous believer in sustaining a each day drawing apply and it at all times helps in a technique or one other. It usually takes some exterior eyes to level out the hyperlinks between my work and my drawings to me – I discover it laborious to note because it’s nearly by no means intentional. That may very well be why I wish to encompass myself with little drawings – They’ll 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 usually attract mattress earlier than I go to sleep too, but when it’s to not save an thought I’ve simply had, they not often 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 favor 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 particular thick black Posca PC-7M I exploit to attract snakes. It’s all I exploit them for – it’s good. Oh and my newest obsession is with the Caran d’Ache Neopastels. I’m nonetheless form of figuring them out, however they’re so vibrant and simply stunning to work with.


Kazland Sketchbook



My go-to paper is de facto something from a particular pile I’ve of rigorously cut-up, deserted works on paper. It’s a mix of Fabriano Eco Paper, Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper, Bristol Board 300 Collection, 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 Simple 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 delay ever utilizing it and reserve it for one thing particular… A collection of immaculate drawings that might by no means come. And the specter of having to tear out the shameful failed sketches and dangerous concepts is even better. The only scrap of paper technique has zero stress, it’s all about simply making one thing, which I actually reply properly to. And having the ability to reorder the drawings, take them away, destroy the dangerous ones, and show one of the best ones is nice 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 Simple Block Scorching Pressed Paper

Daler Rowney Ivory Softbound Pocket Sketchbook

Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper

Bristol Board 300 Collection (all sizes)



About Kazland

Kazland is a self taught, blended media artist from the south of England. Creating nearly totally by 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 totally different mediums and irresponsibly positioned shadows to drive perspective and breathe depth into his work. Typically engaged on 2 or 20 work directly he jumps between them to convey throughout palettes and themes, weaving all of them collectively right into a cohesive world.

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Additional Studying

5 Minute Drawing Workouts

Use Watercolour Pencils

Contained in the Sketchbook of Frances Ives

Growing a Each day Drawing Apply With the Royal Drawing Faculty


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Clare McNamara

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