The Sketchbook Project: Like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

by guest contributor Shrie L. Spangler

Get your pens and pencils ready, artistes of the world. You can be a part of a nationwide touring exhibit of artist sketchbooks AND have your sketchbook catalogued in the The Brooklyn Art Library System for posterity. The concept is simple: you choose a sketchbook theme from their website page, a blank moleskin notebook of your chosen color with a unique barcode number will be shipped to you, you follow the rules and send it back in and your sketchbook travels the country impressing art-lovin’ patrons in every city.

For a wee fee ($20) your sketchbook can also be professionally digitized into high-resolution artwork which you can flip through and show off, and will also be added to The Brooklyn Art Library System’s website. Once your sketchbook goes on tour you can track where it is, and how many times someone pulled it off the shelf to take a peeksy! You can even set email and text notifications to alert you to what city your sketchbook was viewed in, and the first name of the person that viewed it.

Super talented artists like Gemma Correll, Laura Wennstrom, Janara Lopes, Shelley Savor and Anders Nilsen have participated in past years. 2009’s tour was even mentioned on CNN and PBS and several of the artists were featured in a Time Out NY Article. You can even buy a Sketchbook Project Tshirt, people. So get on board, get your art out there to the masses… draw, have fun, PARTICIPATE! (Sign-up by October 31st).

The Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook by Kate Castelli

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Sketchbook by Ken McCarthy

Sketchbook by Racheal Anilyse

About the contributor: Shrie L. Spangler is one of the latest Indie Fixx interns. When she’s not doing story research, coordinating projects and coming up with posts, Shrie writes over on her blog, Lo & Behold. She also writes at guerrilla candy and at another rainy saturday. And she’s got her own Etsy Shop. She’s one busy lady.


  1. I’m even thinking about getting one. I’m no artist, but I like to doodle and think this would be so fun.

  2. I have my own sketchbook just istting waiting for me … I keep running out of time to work on it. Story of my life!

  3. Hi all! Thanks Jen, and I look forward to helping out, writing and being all-around involved in the goings-on here at Indie Fixx. Cheers!

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