USA- Shauna Lee Lange, Veronica Lawlor

Croatia- Ines Milcic

Nitra Slovakia- Mila Shale

England, uk – Vanessa louise Townley,  Antony cummins

Seoul, Korea- Matt Campbell

Melbourne, Australia -Robert & Cheri Scholten

Vietnam- Son

Participants – What We Need

  • 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.

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?

What is the International Sketch Book Project?
For 800 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 March of 2009 and be returned back to Northern VA after the last entry has been made.

Who can participate?
The first 60 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.

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.

Project coming soon

January 25, 2009

Soon we will be launching a project similar to the Blanl Book project. Our project will differ because the blank sketchbook will be sent globally. We are in search of artists from around the world to sign up to add their creative stamp. The blank sketchbook will be passed along and photographed with each artist in each country and posted online. I will post more information about the project soon. In the meantime if you’re interested or have any questions, please e-mail me or post a comment.