Sketchbook Project: Releasing My Faeries

This post follows on from: Childhood Memories



There comes a point in every artist’s life when she or he must release their creations out into the world. This can be tough to do, as you immediately open yourself up to potential judgement. I am at a point in my life where I really don’t give rat’s backside about other people’s opinions, but there certainly was a time when I did.


The big challenge for me is my attachment to the work, especially on projects that have taken weeks, if not months, to work on. Such is the case with my Sketchbook Project Faeries. They are not simply illustrations; each one has developed a personality and place in my heart.


I actually completed the project a month ago, but the sketchbook has been sitting on my desk. Well, today I parceled it up and sent my faeries into the wild. The only reason I was able to do so, was because the Brooklyn Art Library came up with a new project to distract me: The Canvas Project. Clever clever Brooklyn Art Library. Clearly, they understand the psyche of artists.


Dearest Sketchbook Faeries,

I hereby bless and release you. May you bring as much delight to others, as you have to me.

My sincerest gratitude,

~ Eliza

P.S. You can view the Sketchbook in its entirety here: Sketchbook Project 2018

Sketchbook Project: Childhood Memories

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:




Fun, eh?

Now all I had to do was fill sixteen pages!

More to come.

~ Eliza

So I Did This Thing

In the phraseology of my niece … so, I did this thing.

I registered for The Sketchbook Project. Shortly, I will receive a sketchbook, I will fill it with my art based on a theme, return it, and then my sketchbook joins the permanent sketchbook collection (hardcopy and digital) of the Brooklyn Art Library.


Talk about putting my art out into the world!

After 4 straight years of daily art practice, it is time to step out of my secure little world of family and friends.

Go big or go home, eh?

~ Eliza