Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sketchbook Project: The Cover

I signed up for the 2012 Sketchbook Project, and received my sketchbook in the mail.

The first thing I did was take it apart...

Cover, acrylic, watercolor & graphite on cardboard, 7 x 10", 2011.
I plan to rebind the book with heavier paper, so I can paint in it without the marks bleeding through to the other side of the page.  I figured it was easier to design the cover while the pages aren't inside.

When I signed up for the project there was a list of themes to choose from; all of them sounded fun, but I ended up choosing "Uncharted Waters".  I love drawing things that are ocean related.  I haven't put much thought into the inside yet, but I may do a lot of drawings related to ocean mythology.

I designed the cover with cut outs, so my drawings on the first and last page will show through.  I didn't have a real plan for the cover... i just started painting.  I didn't want it too feel like a portfolio piece; it's a sketchbook.  I also discovered that cardboard is not an ideal surface to paint!

If you want to sign up for the Sketchbook Project, they're accepting new sign-ups until the end of October.  All of the completed sketchbooks received by January 31st will go on a world tour, and then be cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library.


  1. Sarah that it amazing!

  2. I can't wait to see what you do with the first and last pages under the cover!

  3. Thank you, Jay and mysterious anonymous person!

  4. Wow! This is so great. I've been putting off signing up for the Sketchbook Project but you've inspired me to sign up today. But enough about me. I like your work a lot.

  5. Hey! That's wonderful! I hope I actually finish the Sketchbook Project... I'll check on your blog and be inspired by your progress.


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