Over the past year I have been taking part in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.
Brooklyn Art Library started the sketchbook project in 2006 and now houses a collection of over 50,000. sketchbooks. Their mission is simply to encourage artists to create, connect and inspire worldwide.
First you get sent a blank sketchbook, then you choose a theme, fill it up, and send it back for it to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks. Every participant is sent the same 5” x 7” sketchbook. Each is given a unique seven-digit barcode so it can be easily catalogued it into the Brooklyn Art Library’s system.
Suggested themes have included: Different Perspective; A Lasting Impression, Straighter Than Narrow, Last in the Line, No Erasing, Rewrite the Ending, and many more. You don’t have be restricted by the themes and you can fill the book with whatever you want. You are then given eight months to fill your sketchbook.
I chose the theme ‘Dreaming of Better Days’ and tied the book to my passion, travel. On each page took the sketchbook on a journey to a different place.
Here is a slide show of my completed sketchbook
If you are interested in checking out the library visit the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project website, search for books by artist or keyword. You can also visit the Brooklyn Sketchbook Library, housed in 2,500-square-foot brick building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
My book is now waiting to be published and digitally added to the library. Once this is done, I will share the link here.