Inside the Sketchbook of Kazland

Inside the Sketchbook of Kazland

Kazland is the art pseudonym of Guildford-based artist Callum Buckland. While his sketchbook practice is different from any of the other artists we’ve featured in our Inside the Sketchbook series so far, it is one that many artists will relate to and use themselves. In a sense, Kazland’s studio walls create the binding of his sketchbook, so his drawings can manifest on a variety of different sized paper surfaces. Kazland visited us in the Jackson’s studio to explain how he keeps track of his ideas with this unbound process.


Kazland Takes Us Through His Sketchbook Practice

For the last four or so years, I’ve stopped using sketchbooks as much and started using pieces of paper that either get taped to my studio wall for quick inspiration when I’m struggling, or put in a box to be found again later. I do still use a book from time to time but the pages more often than not get torn out and added to the wall… I like those really little Daler Rowney pocket sketchbooks with rounded corners. They’re great for keeping in a backpack or an actual pocket for drawing out and about. The really smooth, ivory paper takes ink surprisingly well for thinner paper. Easy to lose though.


Kazland Sketchbook


I don’t really plan or sketch much of my work beforehand, but I’m a big believer in maintaining a daily drawing practice and it always helps in one way or another. It often takes some outside eyes to point out the links between my paintings and my drawings to me – I find it hard to notice as it’s almost never intentional. That could be why I like to surround myself with little drawings – They can all just be absorbed slowly without really knowing it.


Kazland Sketchbook



Most of my drawing happens in the morning, just after breakfast. I like to do this every day if I can – I’ll often draw in bed before I fall asleep too, but if it’s not to save an idea I’ve just had, they rarely make the wall.


Kazland Sketchbook


For as long as I’ve been working I’ve been using the exact same pens – Posca PC-1M and I’m yet to find something I prefer to draw or write with. If the paper has any tooth to it the pens can spit and splutter and I just love it. I like to have a good selection of different tools on me at all times. Other than my favourite pens, I usually have a Stabilo Woody 3in1, some Caran d’Ache Neocolour I and II and I like Prismacolors Premiers and Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils at the minute. There’s also a specific thick black Posca PC-7M I use to draw snakes. It’s all I use them for – it’s perfect. Oh and my latest obsession is with the Caran d’Ache Neopastels. I’m still sort of figuring them out, but they’re so vibrant and just beautiful to work with.


Kazland Sketchbook



My go-to paper is really anything from a special pile I have of carefully cut-up, abandoned works on paper. It’s a mixture of Fabriano Eco Paper, Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper, Bristol Board 300 Series, and any nice scraps I find lying around. I’ve started trying more watercolour work and I’ve been really into the Global Fluid Easy Block Hot Pressed Paper. They’re glued on two edges so they don’t wrinkle or lift up with wet mediums.



Like so many other artists I found that if I have a really nice sketchbook I put off ever using it and save it for something special… A series of immaculate drawings that would never come. And the threat of having to tear out the shameful failed sketches and bad ideas is even greater. The single scrap of paper method has zero pressure, it’s all about just making something, which I really respond well to. And being able to reorder the drawings, take them away, destroy the bad ones, and display the best ones is good for the soul. Probably.


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

Global Fluid Easy Block Hot Pressed Paper

Daler Rowney Ivory Softbound Pocket Sketchbook

Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Paper

Bristol Board 300 Series (all sizes)



About Kazland

Kazland is a self taught, mixed media artist from the south of England. Creating almost entirely through intuition, he makes work that is about telling stories and finding balance with abstract compositions. He creates abstract narratives of familiar shapes and recurring symbols, using different mediums and irresponsibly placed shadows to force perspective and breathe depth into his work. Often working on 2 or 20 paintings at once he jumps between them to bring across palettes and themes, weaving them all together into a cohesive world.

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Further Reading

Five Minute Drawing Exercises

How to Use Watercolour Pencils

Inside the Sketchbook of Frances Ives

Developing a Daily Drawing Practice With the Royal Drawing School


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Clare McNamara

As Blog Editor, Clare oversees content for the blog, manages the publishing schedule and contributes regularly with features, reviews and interviews. With a background in fine arts, her practices are illustration, graphic design, video and music.