There are different breeds of nerd, I myself am a bit of a book nerd. A haven for book nerds can be the local library. I don’t tend to buy books* as I regard my library somewhat as a vast personal bookcase that I don’t have to keep at home, clogging up space.
So imagine my joy at the prospect of making my own book that will go on a road trip across America, finishing up in The Brooklyn Arts Library. My contribution will be similar to the theme that I followed last time – I love making illustrated journals. The Sketchbook Project allows me to indulge this. The great news is that you can take part too! Check out the link – you’ll even find other inspirational projects to join too: Art House Co-op
You can see the start I made on my book below:
This was a stall at the Bristol Harbourside Festival, selling candle powered boats. The stall was fantastic to look at in itself (although the boats were cool), with bunting strung and vintage signage. The vendors got in the spirit and were dressed as pirates. Brilliant.
I was also once told by an art teacher that I should never draw with biro. This picture reminds me that it’s ok to break some rules.
Pencil sketch of people laying on the grass at college green in Bristol, taking a rest from the crowds at the harbourside. The right page shows the Relay Rips and at the bottom, the start of my Gossington Festival drawings.
*Using the term ‘books’ was a bit generic, therefore saying I don’t buy books is not entirely accurate. I have a real vice for buying children’s books. So many in fact, that the combined weight of them all broke my shelf, spewing books all over me and my room. The homicidal shelf (yes it damn near cracked my head open) chose it’s moment in the dead of night, at my most vulnerable. It was the most terrifying wake up call I’d ever had. But that’s another story.