My creative mind is insatiable. it needs to be constantly challenged. So when one of my tribe members brought the Sketchbook Project to my attention I jumped all over it.
What is it?
We are an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavor is The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced library that features 36,242 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. Brooklyn Art Library is our storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. _ The Sketchbook Project
How does it work?
I was sent a sketchbook, I pick a theme, and I fill the sketchbook. I then send it back where my book will be available at the Brooklyn Art Library.
I chose the theme ‘things are not as they seem’. This triggered an intense childhood memory.
Childhood Memories and Inspiration
My grandmother had flip books. The kind where the pages are divided and by turning the top and bottom flaps you could make awesomely bizarre creatures. I spent hours stretched out in a sunbeam with these books. One was specifically mythical creatures so you could combine such beasts as unicorns with gryphons. Pure heaven.
I wanted to capture this childhood delight, so decided to create my own flip book. It was pretty ambitious to split the pages in half (heavy duty illustrating logistics; a project for another time), so I layered the pages.
Watch the right hand side of the sketchbook evolve:
Now all I had to do was fill sixteen pages!
More to come.