Over the past several weeks, I have been trying to finish a sketchbook for the Art House Coop’s The Sketchbook Project. Finally, last Tuesday I was happily able to mail it off on the due date! I was so thrilled to finish it because I was getting tired of staying up late to work on it and my hands were tired of the constant drawing and painting. Though I have to admit that I am extremely proud of myself for filling the sketchbook! It is exciting to know that it will be a part of a sketchbook tour traveling around the US. Once the tour is done, it will be in permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.
I don’t want to show the sketchbook in it’s entirety yet. I will be stretching the pages over the course of this year, I believe. My theme I choose is Nighttime Stories. We didn’t have to stick with theme, but I interpreted it as a boy and girl tucked away safely in bed listening to stories. Then the rest of the book, I tried to make it seem like the fairy tale world was opening up in their dreams.
Technically, I wanted to do more with my cover, but my mom pressed me to keep it simple because she thought it looked great the way it was. I used metallic markers on the dark blue surface.
During the process, I tried to take a few WIP photographs. Here is one of my favorite spreads where I used a ballpoint sketch you may remember. I started out creating the background pattern freehand with a Sharpie. Enlarged and printed out a copy of my ballpoint sketch and pasted it in.
From there I continued to painted over top of everything with acrylics to make it a part of the page.
Now for the finished spread! With each character, I had a feeling about what their hair and skin would look like, and she looked like a redhead to me!