Welcome to the new Drawings Series which will focus on drawings, cartoons, and graphic novels with/in Anthropology and ethnographic field practice. 

To start, we have a guest entry by Professor Carol Hendrickson with a starter bibliography.


Drawing in the Context of Fieldwork: A Starter Bibliography

Carol Hendrickson

Marlboro College

Here is a list of books that can be helpful in thinking about drawing in the context of fieldwork, writing field notes, and processing field materials. Audiences for the different entries range from academic to popular and reflect a number of different motivating factors for keeping field journals. The list begs for additional references, but it is a start and can help address the question: “Why keep visual as well as verbal notes in the context of fieldwork?”

The division of these books into different sections is a bit arbitrary but the idea is to group ones with a similar focus and point people in helpful directions. As you’ll see, I’ve separated out nature journaling from the first group as there are many works on documenting the natural, biological world. There are also many books on travel journaling. I included only a small sample in “drawing out in the world” but many more can be located fairly easily. There are also sections on artists’ books and making books. Some people might want to hand-make a journal for special fieldwork purposes. And becoming familiar with artists’ books is another way of thinking about the potential for combining the visual and verbal in note-taking and beyond.

Please consider this “just a beginning” and think what you might add.

Drawing out in the world

The art of urban sketching: drawing on location around the world / Gabriel Campanario

The artist on the road: impressions of Greece / Richard Sheppard

The artist’s sketchbook / Lucy Watson (subtitle from cover: learn from the professionals the art of effective sketching)

China diary / Stephen Spender and David Hockney

Create your own artist’s journal / Erin O’Toole

The decorated page: journals, scrapbooks & albums made simply beautiful / by Gwen Diehn

The diary of Frida Kahlo: an intimate self-portrait / introduction by Carlos Fuentes ; essay and commentaries by Sarah M. Lowe

Drawing from life: the journal as art / Jennifer New

Evidence: the art of Candy Jernigan / edited by Laurie Dolphin (note section on travel)

Growing up and other vices / Sara Midda (an example of how to get a lot of expression into very simple sketches of the human body)

How to keep a sketchbook journal / by Claudia Nice

An illustrated life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers / Danny Gregory

An illustrated journey: inspiration from the private art journals of traveling artists, illustrators and designers / Danny Gregory

Images of Congo / Christie McDonald

The journey is the destination: the journals of Dan Eldon / edited by Kathy Eldon

Mekong diaries: Viet Cong drawings and stories, 1964-1975 / Sherry Buchanan

Sara Midda’s south of France: a sketch book / Sara Midda (from a year’s stay)

Scrapbooks: an American history / Jessica Helfand

A trail through leaves: the journal as a path to place / Hannah Hinchman

The urban sketcher: techniques for seeing and drawing on location / Marc Taro Holmes

The urban sketching handbook: tips and techniques for drawing on location (series): 1) people and motion / Gabriel Campanario; 2) architecture and cityscapes / Gabriel Campanario; 3) reportage and documentary drawing: / Veronica Lawlor

Venice watercolor travel journal / Joaquin González Dorao

A woman’s journey / Cindy Ross (an illustrated journal from backpacking the Appalachian Trail)

Science and nature field notes, journaling, and associated efforts

Field notes on science and nature / Michael R. Canfield, ed.; forward by E. O. Wilson

Galapágos diary: a complete guide to the archipelago’s birdlife / Hermann Heinzel (concept, text, drawings) & Barnaby Hall (photos)

How to draw plants: the techniques of botanical illustration / Keith West; foreword by Wilfrid Blunt

How to keep a naturalist’s notebook / Susan Leigh Tomlinson

Keeping a nature journal: discover a whole new way of seeing the world around you / Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth

Nature journaling: learning to observe and connect with the world around you / Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth

The nest: an artist’s sketchbook / Koch, Maryjo

The painted garden: a year in words and watercolours / by Mary Woodin

Making your own journals:

Cover to cover: creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums / Shereen LaPlantz

Making handmade books: 100+ bindings, structures and forms / Alisa Golden

Non-adhesive binding (various volumes) / Keith A. Smith (and other books by Keith Smith)

Woven and interlocking book structures: from the Janus, Steiner and Gefn Presses / Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner

Artists’ Books

The book as art: artists’ books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts / Krystyna Wasserman, Johanna Drucker, and Audrey Niffenegger

The century of artists’ books / Johanna Drucker

Structure of the visual book / Keith Smith

Text in the book format / Keith Smith

Two hundred books by Keith Smith: book number 200 / Keith Smith

Visualizing information

Beautiful evidence / Edward Tufte

The book of trees: visualizing branches of knowledge / Manuel Lima

Envisioning information / Edward R. Tufte

Graphesis: visual forms of knowledge production / Johanna Drucker

The map as art / contemporary artists explore cartography / Katherine Harmon

The visual display of quantitative information / Edward R. Tufte

Visual complexity: mapping patterns of information / Manuel Lima

Visual explanations: images and quantities, evidence and narrative / Edward R. Tufte

You are here: Personal geographies and other maps of the imagination / Katherine Harmon

Et cetera

The possibilities for this list are endless. Inspiration can come from work on the digital humanities and social sciences, graphic treatments of academic and related subjects, and more Here a couple additional suggestions:

ethnoGRAPHIC: graphic adventures in anthropology (a new series from the University of Toronto Press — http://www.utpteachingculture.com/announcing-ethnographic-a-new-series/

Graphic medicine: a new book series from the Pennsylvania State University Press

I live here / Mia Kirshner and J.B. Mackinnon