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.

New York Magazine

After having worked on and sent away (with great difficulty) my Nighttime Stories sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project; the separation was made a lot easier when I had an email from someone who works for the New York Magazine.  She had found my sketchbook and asked if I was free for a chat about the project and my contribution to it.  It seemed that she had asked the guys running the exhibition to put a few of their favourites aside for her and my book was included in the pile.  The pile was then whittled down to a final featured four.  One of which was mine.  It was such a boon to see that my work, which had become a very personal piece, had been picked up as a favourite out of thousands of entries.

To view the article, visit this address:

sketchbook project brooklyn arts library

new york magazine article on brooklyn arts library's sketchbook project