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!
As badly as I wanted to do this last year, I felt like I would have just failed it. I love to doodle and draw, but mostly I make ridiculous pictures of Asian-looking angry stick figures stabbing and sword-fighting other Asian-looking angry stick figures. This one time I drew Jesus on a whale with a glass of wine in one hand and a fish in the other (on a bar napkin - which is surprisingly where most of my best work has taken place), just because I was feeling ridiculous. These are the kinds of things that can be appreciated on the internet, but I feel would be completely lost in the world of real art if you know what I mean.ReplyDelete
Your sketchbook is so amazing. Everything you share is incredible and you have such talent. I was literally wondering just the other day if you ever completed it, because I remembered you applying for the sketchbook last year and you hadn't blogged about it at all in a while.
Thank you so much, Jaime!! You should do one--many people keep them as a sort of journal, and I think you would make a fantastic one. You may just see them as doodles, but I really love the drawings you do for your blog, they're so cute and funny!ReplyDelete
<3 <3 <3 You just made my week!ReplyDelete
Lady triangle,hmmm? That's what I call my. . .ummm. . . Lady Triangle.
Haha!! Lady triangles are pretty powerful :DReplyDelete
I love the ArtHouse Co-Op. I've done two of their print exchanges. So much fun. I've wanted to do their sketchbook projects, but my new resolution for this year is not to start anymore projects until I finish the ones I've already started :)ReplyDelete
Really phenomenal work on this. Thank you for sharing it.
I actually have a thing about Seattle. I've never been there but I dream about it. So I especially connected with your ruins drawing, beautiful and surreal.
Seattle is a very cool place, it has grown on me these past two years. If you ever get to visit the city, we should grab lunch and I could show you around!ReplyDelete