Friends, at 4 o’clock this morning, I made a momentous (and kind of scary) decision. Yours truly, the so-so photog, mediocre (at best) wannabe illustrator, and consummate wiseacre, will be participating in the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project 2012.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. The what now? Go ahead and click the link or, barring that, read my very brief description.
The Sketchbook Project is a traveling exhibition of sketchbooks from artists all over the world. My completed sketchbook will travel to all of the North American tour locations before becoming part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library. It will also be digitized for viewing online.
It took me countless hours of wondering, worrying, nail-biting and not sleeping to finally decide to do this. Then I started the whole neurotic process over again as I tried to choose one of the 40 available themes. At 4AM, when Sir woke us up to politely request ‘mo wadoo pease’ (which in English means ‘Parents, I fully expect you to get out of bed and fill my water cup…now!’) and I couldn’t get back to sleep, I groggily decided on ‘writing on the wall’.
My not-quite-coherent thought process involved something about entertaining witticisms (in the form of life lessons I have learned), corresponding illustrations, and being forced to finally learn how to do more hand-lettering. But, you know, we’ll play it by ear.
So, there you have it. Now comes the (even) hard(er) part – waiting for the sketchbook to arrive and figuring out what in the world to put in it. Ever the overachiever, I have already begun a preliminary list of the aforementioned witticisms. They seem pretty funny to me. I guess we’ll see what the rest of the continent thinks of them.
I hope to post frequent updates on my progress here. I’m still debating whether or not to scan and share each page as I finish it or keep some of it out of the public eye until the tour begins. Again, we’ll play it by ear.
I hope that at least a few of you will come along for the ride.
photo : drawing stuff by yours truly