check out this sketchbook that is over 400 years old!
i found it while poking around in the national library of the netherlands.
don't you think it might be kind of wonderful to draw some of these frames inside a modern day sketchbook?
i'll just be here experimenting.
letting adriaen's 16th century designs come and live in my 21st century sketchbook.
naturally, i'll keep you posted.
i marvel at his drawing style and the mythical quality of many of his scenes.
The text below comes entirely from KB – The National Library of the Netherlands. You can see the entire book HERE.
In 1577, at age 63, Adriaen Coenensz from Scheveningen started working on his Fish Book. In three years, he gathered all information he could find on the sea and its coasts, coastal waters, fishing grounds and marine animals. He described them expertly in more than 800 pages. Coenen got his information from his own practise: he was a Scheveningen fisherman and auctioneer and, later on, wreck master of Holland, so that every strange creature that washed ashore was brought to him for inspection. His reputation as expert on marine matters grew thanks to the connections he made as a self-educated man with academics at The Hague and Leiden, who gave him learned works on the sea on loan. Coenen copied extracts from them into his Fish Book.
Coenensz turns almost every page into a separate work of art by painting borders and frames around the watercolour illustrations he adds to the texts. He must have realised the special character of his book; in the Leiden Court of Law's journal for 1583 a note is found saying that Coenensz has applied for permission 'to show his book and his collection of dried fish specimens at the approaching fair and the feast of the relief of Leiden (3 October), receiving from each person a penny, and from those who want to see the book a farthing'. Coenensz turned his knowledge into profit.