The Sketchbook Project made its first official tour stop last weekend and lucky me, the stop was in my own town of Austin, Texas! Cindy and I gathered up a small troop to reunite with our sketchbooks and also see our friends’ sketchbooks. The event was a little disorganized the first day of operations. It opened 2 hours later than announced and closed an hour earlier. The popularity of the event also limited our time there. We waited in line at least an hour and spent maybe an hour poring over 8 sketchbooks. (We had a party of 4 and each person was allowed to check out 2 books at a time.) Aside from limited time, we were very pleased with the experience in total. Cindy and I both regaled how much fun the process of filling up an sketchbook was, how inspiring it was to pore over the other sketchbooks, and the connection we felt with out of state friends who participated in the same project.
It was a very worthwhile experience and I cannot wait to do it again. Without further ado, here my favorite photos from the viewing:
I hadn’t seen Cindy’s sketchbook yet so it was a pleasure to see how talented my friend is. Below are the photos I took of her sketchbook:
I didn’t take any photos of the insides because she has a big chunk of them here:
My solemate (deliberate misspelling) did an entire sketchbook based on one Neil Gaiman quotation.
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”
I was browsing the Sketchbook Project’s artists when I stumbled on Cody Schibi. I passed on his online profile to Cindy and she was so impressed that she remembered to look him up during the tour. I just noticed that Cody is a fellow Austinite! See below to see his impeccable drawings.
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That’s it folks! I recommend this fun communal art project for everyone of all skill levels. Their website is http://sketchbookproject.com and word on the street is that it starts up again in April. I’m definitely going to be doing it again!