Months ago I signed up for the 2012 Sketchbook Project
. This is a project where folks all over the world draw in a special pocket sized sketchbook for a year. The sketchbooks then tour the country before they are cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library. I had heard about it for a few years, and this was my first time participating.
My little book arrived and I promised myself I would complete a page a day.... And then I became frustrated after a few ugly pages
. I really hated my start, and my little book went on the shelf for a couple of months.
I had picked the theme "Time Traveler." Eventually it dawned on me that I have
a time traveler character
. He's from a web comic I've been working on for about a year, called The Dust Age
. The Dust Age
is currently only a plot with pages of text and a series of sketches
. It has the distinction of being my most complicated and thankless project.
So I took my little book off the shelf and ripped out the false start. I began again. Many of the sketches are drawn very loosely (in the idea of the time traveler keeping a notebook for his own purposes).
Here are some of the pages:
|The ruins of Seattle.|
|The front cover.|
|The front cover flipped.|
|The time traveler himself.|
|The Clockwork Widow|
|The East Witch|
|The Ruins of Seattle, full page.|
|The Bear Queen|
|The inside cover.|
|A Lady Triangle?|
(I don't know what to call this one).
|It's one of my favorite pages though,|
a little tighter than the loose sketches of the traveler.
|O Raan, a 25 foot tall character.|
|The last page and inside cover.|
I mailed it off yesterday, and I'm already planning to sign on for the Limited Edition Sketchbook Project
, once funds allow. This new project sounds very exciting to me. The idea is 5,000 people will fill the sketchbooks, and when they are returned they will be turned into a series of books. If you're creative, know a creative person, or have been wanting a creative outlet, it's a great project.
Now that I have completed mine and watched videos
by other artists
, I have actual ideas for next year's!