My second sketchbook  for traveling show – Savage Adulation

Had a blast creating my first sketchbook last year in 2009, so i already had ideas brimming when this event came cruising back around the following year. I ran with the opportunity, and was intrigued how they were doling out themes for us to create towards, rather than in previous years there were no predefined themes. Interesting, so my theme for this was “Yellow Submarine” and I somehow turned this into a paranoid tabloid magazine nightmare rather than be bound to the Beatles and such. I saw it differently, and this is the result!

This sketchbook is in the permanent collection of the Sketchbook Project Library located in Brooklyn, New York. Currently they have cataloged over 18,000 sketchbooks, but so far only the most recent one I completed in 2011 is actually digitized and viewable via their massive catalog.

Techniques utilized

  • Photocopied dumb magazines
  • Watched too much TV
  • Drank too much caffeine
  • Had to use theme of “Yellow Submarine”
  • Created 14 illustrations in two days
  • Cut and glued into existing Moleskine

What is the Brooklyn Art Library?

Brooklyn Art Library is home to The Sketchbook Project collection in its physical form. The walls are lined with shelves that hold the tens of thousands of sketchbooks currently in the collection, created by artists from around the world. The library serves as a reading room where you can get cozy and spend an afternoon enjoying artwork in a hands-on experience with the help of their librarians.

With so many books in the library, they developed a system to make it easy for anyone to explore. Each book is individually barcoded and cataloged with searchable details, like where the book is from, the materials used, the artist’s name, tag words, and much more. Whether you are interested in seeing a book about robots, a book created in Berlin, or even books selected for you at random, you can search and explore using your own mobile device when in their space.

Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, this space is where The Sketchbook Project’s diverse contributors come together and serves as our link to New York’s creative community. Their storefront encourages interaction between artists and their audience, and introduces members’ work to new viewers. Brooklyn Art Library also hosts readings, artist presentations, and welcomes group visits. For their upcoming event schedule, click here or visit their Facebook events page.

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