New Growth Sketchbook

I'm working on my new sketchbook for the 2013 Sketchbook World Tour.  I'm taking a much different approach to this book than I have the other two in past years.  This one is starting off with an embroidered cover.  Although quite time consuming, I'm liking how it's coming out and it's somehow very comforting and calming to make. I started it during the Colorado fires while talking with family that had to evacuate.  It was then I had the idea to make this book about new growth.  Here's how it looks so far:

What do you think?  Do you have any thoughts about new growth? any inspirational quotes?

Miami Beach Sketchbook completed!

Another sketchbook complete for the Brooklyn Art Library!This one is about my time in Miami Beach. (My last sketchbook was about Portsmouth).   I tried incorporating more color (via colored pencils).  I like how it came out. Of course it's filled with my favorite places and things in Miami Beach.  It's a bit smaller than the Portsmouth book so I had to edit it down a bit.  I could have filled it with so much more.

Here it is:

There's always a push to finish towards the deadline and it's usually bittersweet to part with it. Since this is my second one, it was a bit easier...just a teeny bit. Starting in April 2012 it will tour the World! See if it's coming to your city or country here. Let me know what you think too!

Opening night in Brooklyn

Our trip to the Brooklyn Art Library for the Sketchbook Opening was fabulous!  Luckily we got there early to check it out.  The space is beautiful, very organized and there were great goodies for sale, like blank sketchbooks, which of course I found two more I HAD to buy.
All the books were catalogued and behind a rope.   With a library card you can check out two sketchbooks at a time.   Tommy and I looked at around 20 books.  The smell in the air was sweet from the chocolatier next door, it lured us over to all that chocolate goodness.  It was like Willy Wonka's factory next door.  After our chocolate break we went back in for more sketchbooks.  There was such a variety of books and talent it's almost overwhelming.  I wish I could look at every single one of them.
It got so packed opening night, there was standing room only.  People came from all over.  I was surprised how many people there hadn't made a sketchbook but were there to look at them or had come to look at a friends book.  We went back the next day to enjoy some more books.   What fun!

Click here to see if if the tour is coming near you.  If you'd like to see my book just give them my name 'Jen Meyer' and the category 'If you lived here'.  Or check out some pictures of it from this post.

Take a look at a future sketchbook here.


Sketchbook Project Complete!

After 4 months of drawings and coloring, I have finished my sketchbook project!   I'm excited to mail it off to Brooklyn for it's tour, display and new permanent home in the Brooklyn Art Library.  A part of me is a bit sad to let it go after spending so much time with it.  But I guess if I kept everything I made I'd be buried up to my neck!    I hope everyone can make it to one of the tour locations.  There will be tons of sketchbooks to browse and lots of inspiration to gather.   I'm so excited to see what everyone else has made, and to go to New York of course!  Here's a few pictures to hold ya over...

Sneek preview of sketchbook

So I've been working on my sketchbook for this art project.  And I thought I'd give you a sneek preview of my progress so far.  Here are a few pictures and it's still a work in progress.         

 If this kind of stuff excites and inspires you then by all means, come to one of the gallery shows in 2011!  There will be lots of other creative sketchbooks to browse!   You can also make your own sketchbook! You have till Oct 31st to sign up...get to it!

Sketchbook Project

Got my sketchbook!  Last time I sign up for this, I petered out and didn't turn anything in.  This time I plan to fill it up.  My category is 'If You Lived Here'.   I'll post some pictures through out the process.  Next year it will go on tour with all the other books to Brooklyn New York, Austin TX,  San Francisco CA, Portland ME, Atlanta GA, Chicago, IL   
Interested in making your own? click here for more info
came with a scan card
scanner for sketchbook library
blank and ready to be filled up!