Monday, February 21, 2011

the sketchbook project

if you're wondering what my 1EG sketchbook was all about (the 88 characters for the contest), here is some info. the sketchbook project:

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. 28838 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating. The tour starts February, 2011. All books will be included in an exhibition that tours the following cities: Brooklyn, NY Austin, TX San Francisco, CA Portland, ME Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL Washington, DC Winter Park, FL

Our Exhibitions are Interactive. The goal of the Project is to get blank sketchbooks into the artists' hands and then completed sketchbooks into the world for viewers to enjoy. We've taken the Project to task four times before, and our fifth go-around has some awesome improvements. We know where your book is at all times, and we're collecting statistics on who's looking at what - and where. We want you to feel connected to your book and the Project as it travels around the country.

It's a library. We'd like to think we're like librarians, wrangling with your book as you release it into the wild. We give the viewer a library card. They check a few books out, peruse through them, and return them to us. Wash, rinse, repeat. We make it easy for you and easy for them.

How we handle thousands of viewers and thousands of books. We use barcode scanners along with unique barcodes placed carefully on the inside back cover of each sketchbook. We hand-wrote a custom library system to catalog all the books, track the library cards, and handle viewers checking books out and returning them. No need to worry: we're professionals, and we've got it under control.

when i received my sketchbook, i was given a theme to run with, however i wished. my theme was "greatest story ever told." i picked it beforehand, and i thought it was a great one. i intended on coming with some kind of ongoing story, but of course as the deadline approached, i had less and less time and far too many pages to fill. i solved my problem by filling the pages with my 1EG's, since they are fast, pretty, and fantastic exercises. 1EG's, all of different characters from some of the greatest stories ever told: disney, tim burton, comics, greek mythology, cartoons, movies, so many more, the best of the best. what i love even more is that it has inspired me to continue making sketchbooks full of more of them. they're extremely therapeutic to draw, and i continuously lost myself for hours on end creating these favorite characters in my own special style. i'll never see my sketchbook again, unless i visit it at the library, which is sad since we all know how attached i grow to my art.. but it was a blast and i think many of you had fun figuring out who they each one was for my contest. (don't forget to email me with your address and which character you want a sketch of if you played.)

feel free to check out the set of 88 1EG characters on my flickr if you would still like to try and figure who each one is for yourself. i will eventually label each 1EG from the sketchbook, for anyone who's curious who exactly they all are. i should have kept to the "greatest story" theme with the front and back covers (photo at top) but i was pressed for time, which caused a lapse in judgement. i don't know what i was thinking. they are still pretty though. i have a ton of favorites, but two of my favorite outcomes (not necessarily the characters themselves) are gadget (rescue rangers) and meg (hercules). i should've given gadget a second arm, but i really love the way the two of them came out:

 obviously, i had to end the sketchbook with a one-eyed girl of myself! ...since i am clearly the epitome of "the greatest story ever told."

if only my wheelchair really looked that cool.

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