This year, I am participating in the Sketchbook Project
for the first time. This is a project by the Art-House Coop where they send you a 32-page 5×7-inch sketchbook for you to fill and send back to them. The sketchbooks then go on tour through North America and end up archived, both physically and digitally. I thought this seemed like a really cool project so I signed up.
It took a long time for my sketchbook to arrive because of the postal delays caused by Hurricane Sandy, but finally it made it here. And then it took me a little longer to decide just what I was going to do with it: I had already settled on the "Creatures" category (no surprise there) but I hadn't quite figured out my idea until about a week ago.
As per project regulations, I will rebind my sketchbook to use watercolor paper, since the original paper is too thin (though it seems very high quality for dry media). On each sheet—I will be using 25—I will do one drawing using pen and ink, watercolours and gouache, of an imaginary creature. Many of the concepts will be ones I have already explored before, like the bare-faced tiger and the pantere. However, most will be of new and original concepts (most of which I haven't event begun to think of yet!).
The problem is that I started on December 19, and the sketchbooks are due on January 15, 2013. With 25 drawings to do, it's quite the challenge! And to meet this challenge, I will be making roughly one drawing per day, and post them here roughly five days after each is completed. If you'd like to see them the day I finish them, you are welcome to check out the gallery on my website
, and you may want to follow the blog
to get the new additions as soon as I post them.
You may also like to visit my blog for the reviews I will post each week. Last week I made the first post, a review of China Miéville's novel Embassytown
Hope you enjoy!