September 21, 2023


How Art Works

Contained in the Sketchbook of Kazland

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


Kazland Takes Us By way of His Sketchbook Follow

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 once I’m struggling, or put in a field to be discovered once more later. I do nonetheless use a guide now and again 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 protecting in a backpack or an precise pocket for drawing out and about. The actually clean, 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 a giant believer in sustaining a every day drawing observe and it at all times helps in a technique or one other. It usually takes some outdoors eyes to level out the hyperlinks between my work and my drawings to me – I discover it arduous to note because it’s nearly by no means intentional. That may very well be why I prefer to encompass myself with little drawings – They’ll all simply be absorbed slowly with out actually realizing it.


Kazland Sketchbook



Most of my drawing occurs within the morning, simply after breakfast. I like to do that day-after-day if I can – I’ll usually 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 seek out one thing I want to attract or write with. If the paper has any tooth to it the pens can spit and splutter and I simply adore it. I prefer 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 exploit to attract snakes. It’s all I exploit them for – it’s excellent. 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 absolutely something from a particular pile I’ve of rigorously cut-up, deserted works on paper. It’s a combination of Fabriano Eco Paper, Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper, Bristol Board 300 Sequence, and any good scraps I discover mendacity round. I’ve began attempting 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 put it aside for one thing particular… A collection 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 higher. The one scrap of paper methodology has zero strain, it’s all about simply making one thing, which I actually reply properly to. And with the ability to reorder the drawings, take them away, destroy the dangerous ones, and show the most effective ones is nice for the soul. In all probability.


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 Sequence (all sizes)



About Kazland

Kazland is a self taught, combined media artist from the south of England. Creating nearly fully via instinct, he makes work that’s about telling tales and discovering steadiness 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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Clare McNamara

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

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