Today I talked to Eddie Chau
about his new book Random Imaginations: A Collection of Illustrated Musings
(ORO Editions, 2018). The book is a reproduction of thousands of graphic images from a single sketchbook, drawn over the course of 27 years. As a way to challenge the approach of drawing what is in front of the artist, these freehand drawings are a collection of images from imagination and memory. What started as an exercise to break out of a design block, these images began on a single sheet and then became a visual journey and exploration of landscapes, everyday items, architecture, abstracts, and compositions. Like the original sketchbook, Random Imaginations
is a visual catalog of countless subjects and visions, to be used as discovery, inspiration, or just casual viewing.
Eddie Chau is a landscape architect and Principal of ECLA Studio, illustrator, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught drawing and sketching at the California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco, University of California Berkeley Extension, and the University of California Davis. He was also the former Program Director of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley Extension. He loves to draw and paint, as well as being a chocoholic.