Several of my friends at Facebook are participating in The Sketchbook Project. I was intrigued, so I checked it out. For $25, you get your choice of Moleskine cahiers in red, natural or black, and you can choose from among several themes, including the option of letting the organizers choose a theme for you. The books are sent back to The Brooklyn Art Library and will be touring the country next year.
I went with the theme “Dirigibles and Submersibles”, which felt like it could inspire some steampunk and fantasy creations. Once the book arrived, I let it sit for a few days while I pondered how to begin.
Finally, I picked up the book and began to draw:
Pilot pen over a pencil drawing.
The paper was thin, so I ended up gluing pages together. This page was collaged with pages from an old AAA guidebook, listing stations from Michigan. After I applied a thin wash of Golden Quinacridone Burnt Orange acrylic, I stamped the spread with a hand carved stamp. Once that all dried, I drew in the submarine and waves with india ink. Details are filled in with gouache and paint pen.
Here you can see some of the detail of the listings.
The third image, so far:
Future ideas include the view from inside a dirigible, and dirigibles and subs made in different shapes. (I’m thinking a banana dirigible would be really cool). Then, who knows? Right now, I’m having fun, and it’s a nice break from my other work. The rules do say that artists can diverge from the theme of their book, but I am enjoying the parameters at the moment and intrigued by possibly doing something similar on my own once this book is full. The possibilities are endless.