The Sketchbook Project 2013
My buddy Berry did The Sketchbook Project last year, and I thought it was really cool. So, when he said he was going to do it again this year, I decided to give it a shot.
NOTE: I am not a fine artist. In fact, I kinda suck with most fine motor skill-related tasks.
However, I was determined to not let my shortcomings in one area hijack my creativity. So what can I do? Well, I can write. And I can decently set type.
So, I wrote up a statement that I could spread across the entire sketchbook. I set all the type in FF Meta using InDesign (with Berry providing an expert eye for fine tuning), printed it out, traced the outline onto a second sheet, then “inked” it with Sharpies.
I originally wanted to trace the words directly into the book, but the marker bled through the thin sheets. To salvage the idea, I roughly cut out the words and glued them into the sketchbook.
All in all, it didn’t turn out quite like I imagined. But it has a decent enough of an aesthetic and most importantly—I finished the project. This was definitely a “I need to do this for myself” kinda thing. I fought self-doubt, procrastination, and excuses but, in the end, I did it.
Which is fitting when you consider the theme I chose was “participate” and the text I wrote was:
This is the only life you are going to get. Are you going to spectate? Or are you going to participate? Do. Be. Live.
Now the next time you have some time to kill in NYC, you can swing by the Brooklyn Art Library and check out some sketchbooks, including mine. Or maybe it’s coming on tour to a city near you.
Berry’s far cooler sketchbooks: 2012 & 2013