This summer I signed up for the 2012 Sketchbook Project. You receive a book, fill it, send it back, and it goes on national tour with thousands of other sketchbooks. People get to flip through your book and see your process or just enjoy the drawings. All the books eventually are sent to the Brooklyn Art Library where they are cataloged, and then put on the shelves. While I was in New York this October I actually made a visit to the Brooklyn Art Library to look through some of the thousands of book housed there. It was amazing. I was a kid in a candy store. I looked at quite a few books. I was at times comforted and intimidated as I thought about my own sketchbook collecting dust in my makeshift studio.
So, I’ve had my book since August, but when do I begin to actually draw in it? This week! The deadline is postmarked Jan 31, so I will probably finish on time. And I did notice as I glanced through some of the books at the library that not all of them were finished, so I know that filling all the pages isn’t really that important. But finishing the book is more of an agreement to myself.
The theme of my book is Heroes and Villains. I’m starting my book with people who can be considered both. The first two drawings in my book are of Nancy Pelosi and Michele Bachmann. I’m not a big fan of either of these woman, but I know that they are both considered admirable and villainous. It just depends on your views, values, and tastes I guess.
My sketches won’t be anything fancy, just picking up whatever is handy. the Bachmann drawing was drawn with Pitt pens and markers. The Pelosi drawing was just a quick sketch with a 4-color ballpoint pen. The finished book will be of my sketchbooks: loose, messy, and completely disjointed.
So that’s what’s in store for the next few weeks.