Old Port Magazine
From sketchbook to studio: behind the scenes with Colin Sullivan-Stevens, artist, designer, and founder of Anchorpak
Artists use their sketchbooks like writers use their journals -a place to deposit the inner churnings of their brains, where they can unload their ideas recklessly onto the page. As a journalist, I translate every thought into words, but as I flip through the intricate and wild sketchbook of Colin Sullivan-Stevens, I begin to wonder whether images can tell a more complete story. The pages are covered in tesseracts, patterns, pine trees, and scribbles—webs of pen work sprawling across the page with a logic that isn’t immediately apparent. I feel as though I’m gazing directly into his brain, where patterns proliferate and odd angles dominate.