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Brooklyn Art Library

Our trip to NYC this year included a stop at the Brooklyn Art Library, just like last year. We wanted to give our sketchbooks some love and check out a few new ones, too.

We looked at some incredible books. First, we checked out books by my pen-pal friend, Jeannine Saylor. Her books have a sweet straight-forward style to them- they are lovely to look at.

Then we looked at a book by an illustrator named Gina Perry. She has such tiny detail in her work – it was so much fun to look at.

My favorite book there was by Lauren Schroer, from Chicago, IL. She used the theme “Sandwich”. I loved poring over that book!!

We also loved this book with cute monsters by Marie O’Riordan, from Toronto, Ontario.

Finally, one of my favorite pages of the day, by Berry Villegas, from Orlando, FL:

Sketchbook Project Update

Three of my Sketchbook Project books have been digitized! You can see them here:
Sketchbook Project 2011
Sketchbook Project 2012
Sketchbook Project Limited Edition

We are going to visit the sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library again this year. Looking forward to it! I have a list of sketchbooks to check out, and I will take out my own to give them some lovin’ (and make sure the pages aren’t sticking together!).

I’m busy finishing the second half of my Sketchbook Project 2013, which isn’t due until January. Here’s what I have so far:

Sketchbook Project 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012 - Cover

The deadline has come and gone, and my Sketchbook Project 2012 (as well as those belonging to my three kids) has arrived safely at the Brooklyn Art Library. [OK, all you grammar-police… would you have said “has arrived” or “have arrived” in that last sentence? Oh, that bugs me that I don’t know!] I am patiently looking forward to the digitized version of my sketchbook (I’ll let you know when that happens), and looking forward to visiting it (along with my 2011 book, again) in October!

We had a lot of fun working on this project together. I love seeing what the kids come up with! Here’s a little sampling from O’s and C’s books (I already blogged about Z’s book! Have to keep it fair!!










Here are some of my favourite spreads from my book:


On to the Sketchbook Project: Limited Edition. I’m almost half way through the book! Yay! There are less than 300 books left if you want to join!

The Real-Life Sketchbook Project

What I did on my Thanksgiving holiday: went to the Brooklyn Art Library! This is the home of Art House Co-op  and the Sketchbook Project! I participated in the project last year (and I am doing it again this year), and wanted to see how my book is doing. I was worried about the pages sticking together! While we were there, we had a chance to check out some other cool books, too.

The Brooklyn Art Library is a pretty small little shop, smaller than I expected, I guess, considering how many books they have to add after this year’s project is over! I think they’re gonna need a lot more bookshelves!! It was really inspiring to see the wall of books. Some of the covers are so ornately decorated!

You can take out books to look at based on the artist’s name, the theme, the city it comes from, or just whatever book looks interesting! I took out about 5 sketchbooks from Calgary, and then a few more for the kids to look at that had the theme, “Raining Cats and Dogs.”

We really liked this book by Barbara Wanhill of Calgary. She stuck to the cats and dogs theme, with a few chairs and other things falling from the sky. Great illustrations!







Another cool Calgary book included great line drawings of the Beatles. This one is by Tyler Lemermyer. We didn’t even come close to seeing a good chunk of sketchbooks. Didn’t even come close to hardly scratching the surface of what was there. I would love to go back another time, maybe without a 5 year old who gets bored quickly, so that I can spend a few hours poring over these amazing creations!

















Here’s me with my book! To see my fancy-digitized sketchbook from last year, click here!