Ettore Sottsass Sketched His Autobiography

Prolific and significant, architect and designer Ettore Sottsass sketched an illustrated autobiography back in 1993. Now published in a new edition of Phaidon’s “Ettore Sottsass,” these sketches offer a fascinating peep inside the brain of a master. They’re incredibly charming and accompanied by poetic notes of interest. (An especially interesting one: as a child, he enjoyed designing cemeteries.) Proving Sottsass was quite a sensitive soul, …

Comics Sketchbooks

The private worlds of prominent illustrators exposed in a new book

“Looking through artists’ sketchbooks is like viewing those artists naked through a picture window. With 20-20 eyesight or high-powered binoculars you’ll see everything: warts, blemishes and all.” So begins the introduction for Steven Heller‘s latest book, “Comics Sketchbooks.” Culling 700 private sketches from 80 artists, the collection is billed as a glimpse into the mind of an artist. Without knowing anything about the final story …