Updated Project Overview

February 17, 2009

What’s The project about?

If you have any additional questions please use the comments section, and I will answer you as soon as I am able. This project was inspired by our local blank book project after trying to rally artists and resources for the book to hit D.C. It hit me “what is” we tried to go international with a blank sketchbook?

How do I sign up?

To sign up for the project simply e-mail me your full name, the country you will be representing, actual address, and a phone number to thebsidedesign@gmail.com . I will not share any of this information with anybody. This information is to be used to create a shipping list. I would also like a link to your portfolio, blog or sharing account like Flickr.

What is the International Sketch Book Project?
For 700 days, a sketchbook will be sent from Northern VA to 50 illustrators/designers around the world. Each artist in a new country must put their design in the sketchbook and send it on to the next person in the next country. The book will start its rotation in April of 2009 and be returned back to Northern VA after the last entry has been made.

Who can participate?
The first 50 illustrators/designers to sign up. When signing up, I will need your name, actual address, and a phone number. I will not share any of this information with anybody. This information is to be used to create a shipping list. I would also like a link to your portfolio, blog or sharing account like Flickr.

How much will it cost to participate?
You will be responsible to pay the total shipping cost to the next artist in the next country.

What if I sign up, but can’t participate when the book arrives?
Due to the process involved in getting this book from illustrator to illustrator, we ask for dedicated participants only. If the book arrives during an emergency situation and you are unable to participate, you may forward the book to the next participant. This will be strictly handled on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a theme for this book?
Yes. I want you to illustrate something that is significant to your country or specific geographic location. This will give the other participants the opportunity to visually experience your part of the world.

How many pages do I get?
Each illustrator is given 4 pages in the book (2 pages, front and back). The first page being a hand written introduction, the second, third and fourth pages will be used for the composition.

What do I do once the book arrives?

  • Contact us at thebsidedesign@gmail.com as soon as you receive the box.
  • Take a photo of yourself holding or next to the sketchbook package.
  • Take a photo of a small section of your illustration upon completion. We refer to this photo as a “teaser shot.”
  • Write a short background story to accompany the teaser shot.
  • Send the photos and short write-up to  thebsidedesign@gmail.com to be posted to the ISB Project Flickr account. This will enable the map function to present participant image(s) and site locations.

Are there any restrictions pertaining to the type of medium I may use?
No, but please be aware that the pages in the book are made up of a medium weight paper and will curl and buckle if certain types of wet medium are used. Also please keep in mind that pastels, chalks, or any other medium that will smudge should be protected with some type of fixative.

How can I protect my pages within the book?
We will be providing thin sheets of vellum in the shipping box that will accompany the book. Please place a sheet of vellum between the pages prior to shipping to the next illustrator.

Once I finish, to whom do I ship the book?
We will be providing a list of participants to accompany the book in the shipping box. Each illustrator will place a line through their name once the book arrives, and after completion, forward the book to the next person on the list.

What is going to happen to the book when it’s completed?
The book will be digitally published to PDF and placed on a new website dedicated to the International sketchbook project for the world to see. We may seek other venues to show the book.

Where can I go to see the progress of this project?
We will be posting the progress on this blog and the new website (that the URL will be posted on soon). We strongly encourage all participants to shoot a teaser shot of their work along with a shot of themselves holding or standing next to the project’s case  prior to sending off to the next participant, then email the images to be posted on this site.

Are there going to be other blank book projects?
Yes. I hope to keep doing a new rotation internationally twice a year.


2 Responses to “Updated Project Overview”

  1. G Cowan Says:


    Does artists gain copyright, author protection?

    Is the project for artistic purpose only?


    • thebsidedesign Says:

      Hello, this project is strictly for artistic purposes. All artists will be featured on the website and be sent the URL of course. The final pieces will be put online. Each artists has rights to their own work. The sketchbook will not be sold or used for financial gain.

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