The Sketchbook Project 2013

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.

Sandeep Raval at St. Georges

I went to a concert at St. Georges the other day with sketchbook in tow.  The music was an interesting blend of traditional Indian music and a more contemporary jazz style.  I found both the building and the evening’s music inspiring so armed with a pencil and paper – got drawing.

When I first entered the concert hall, I was hit with an intricate wall design in an otherwise muted room.

After drawing so many halos, they started to look a bit like space helmets to me...

Upon completion of the above drawing, the band struck up and I was delved into a world of hypnotic sounds transporting my ears to strange new lands.  The musicians all clearly loved their instruments and the sounds they crafted.

This percussion instrument made the most amazing sounds. I also loved how it looked like a roasting tin too.

One of the songs the band played was called Lunar Breathing and it inspired me to draw this:

I liked the idea that the moon would play with clouds like a child might play with soap bubbles, making beards and ridiculous hairstyles.

I also spent a moment during the interval to draw a row of houses across from the concert hall.  I particularly liked the wibbly lined tops of the houses.