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The Sketchbook Project
July 10, 2010 3:09 PM   Subscribe

It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks. Get a sketchbook, fill it based on a theme (you can pick one or have one assigned randomly) by a certain date, then let it go on tour and eventually be a barcoded, checkout-able book in the Brooklyn Art Library that you can track. I love this idea.
posted by jragon (17 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's what I'm talking about. A service like deviantART is one thing, but it's so much totally awesomer to be able to hold the physical sketchbook. I, too, love this idea.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:51 PM on July 10, 2010


It's such a great idea. But why is there a $25 participation fee?
posted by hippybear at 4:39 PM on July 10, 2010


I'm so going into this!

hippybear - I guess the $20 is for the sketchbook and postage?
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 4:44 PM on July 10, 2010


Why can't we just mail them a moleskine of the same type that we bought from a regular store for a few bucks.
posted by cloeburner at 5:04 PM on July 10, 2010


See also Black Book Art Circle Project I started here but died a kind of pathetic death, as book recipients never passed them on to others.

Bitterness....rising. Angst...growing *deep breath* Whooo.
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out at 5:29 PM on July 10, 2010


Oh God, that's amazing. I really really want to mimic that in my library. Somehow.
posted by geek anachronism at 5:48 PM on July 10, 2010


Huh, all the options are Moleskines, the sketchbooks with the shittiest, bleediest, wrinklin'-est, most unpleasant-to-work-on paper on the market. No thanks!
posted by interrobang at 6:13 PM on July 10, 2010


Huh, I've always thought of filling a sketchbook and then just leaving it somewhere for someone to pick up, I guess this means more eyeballs will see it. And the risk of some rapscallion tearing it up and throwing it out are minimal.
posted by hellojed at 6:58 PM on July 10, 2010


Because then they'd have thousands of sketchbooks to sort through, scan, catalog, tour with, provide web tracking for, and support for zero dollars.

And then it would probably shut down and people would say it was a shame, and wonder why we can't have nice things.
posted by jragon at 7:24 PM on July 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


(to the question of cost)
posted by jragon at 7:25 PM on July 10, 2010


Oh, I'm so tempted to do this. I really wish I could draw.
posted by Put the kettle on at 8:14 PM on July 10, 2010


"Because then they'd have thousands of sketchbooks to sort through, scan, catalog, tour with, provide web tracking for, and support for zero dollars.

And then it would probably shut down and people would say it was a shame, and wonder why we can't have nice things.
posted by jragon "


Kind of like most of everything produced in (self link!) http://www.1000journalsfilm.com/ and http://vb.nervousness.org/
posted by blaneyphoto at 9:02 PM on July 10, 2010


It seems almost like one of those old vanity offers that would publish your name in a fake Who's Who sort of book...but it could also be a fun challenge to fill a sketchbook that possibly would be seen by a lot of people, which itself is so against everything a sketchbook is supposed to be. I think I'll try it.
posted by TochterAusElysium at 11:46 PM on July 10, 2010


Oh, awesome. So doing this. Though none of the themes to choose from really speak to me. "In flight" will do, that fits a lot of the stuff I doodle anyway.

Not a fan of the Moleskine books myself - nice form factor, weird coated paper, hipster cred markup, but it's the parameters of the project. And for once their low page count will work in their favor, it's not like I couldn't fill one of those up in two evenings with good weed and vague conversation to not participate in.
posted by egypturnash at 6:29 AM on July 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I signed up! Anyone want to share encouragement to actually DO this thing (once sketchbooks arrive)? Memail me!
posted by TochterAusElysium at 1:13 PM on July 11, 2010


Just got my sketchbook. Excited :)
posted by jragon at 6:59 PM on July 15, 2010


I got mine in yesterday's mail!
posted by TochterAusElysium at 12:52 PM on July 16, 2010


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