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 clarify how he retains monitor of his concepts with this unbound course of.


Kazland Takes Us Via His Sketchbook Observe

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 e-book once in a while 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 nicely 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 day by day drawing apply and it all the time 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 virtually by no means intentional. That might be why I prefer 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 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 choose to attract or write with. If the paper has any tooth to it the pens can spit and splutter and I simply like it. I prefer to have a wide selection 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 take advantage of to attract snakes. It’s all I take advantage of them for – it’s excellent. 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 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 raise 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 put it aside for one thing particular… A sequence of immaculate drawings that may by no means come. And the specter of having to tear out the shameful failed sketches and unhealthy concepts is even larger. The only scrap of paper technique has zero strain, it’s all about simply making one thing, which I actually reply nicely to. And having the ability to reorder the drawings, take them away, destroy the unhealthy ones, and show the perfect 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 Sequence (all sizes)



About Kazland

Kazland is a self taught, blended media artist from the south of England. Creating virtually totally by way of 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 completely different mediums and irresponsibly positioned shadows to power perspective and breathe depth into his work. Typically engaged on 2 or 20 work without delay he jumps between them to deliver 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 high quality arts, her practices are illustration, graphic design, video and music.