Monthly Sketchbook Challenge Closes

I filled a 100 page sketchbook during the month of May, thanks to the Sketchbook Challenge.

Sketchbook book

I noticed a few things.

  • Moleskines, which were invented by Hobbits, will never replace my trusty, all-purpose sketchbooks. I do not love the yellow pages, and they don’t take my favorite pens’ ink well. I enjoy writing and making notes in them, but I think they become a large part of the art itself, rather than just containing the art. Still, I intend to try the watercolor variety – I painted in this one quite a bit.
  • I produced the 7 Fish drawing because of this challenge, and came up with two other ideas that I’m working on. For that alone I am very glad I did this.
  • I’ve never completely filled a sketchbook before this – I always leave a few pages blank.

This was totally fun. It feels like I just finished a really great novel and already miss the characters.

I posted all the sketches (except one really good screw up, and the two really good ideas) on flickr.




4 responses to “Monthly Sketchbook Challenge Closes”

  1. neil Avatar

    Congrats on completing the project Jim! Lots of great work in that sketchbook.

  2. Peg Avatar

    The 7 Fish drawing is one of my all time favorites of yours. And I know exactly what you mean about feeling like you’ve finished a novel. Will there be a sequel?

  3. tam Avatar

    wow great drawing… i too never finish a sketchbook but i’ve been seriously trying lately. i’m envious that your family all draws! mine all hate it. it’s lonely. sigh.

  4. Jessica M Avatar

    I recommend the watercolor moleskine. I bought one and was pleasantly surprised! The paper can’t take a whole lot of water, but there are so many pages and the paper quality is decent, it doesn’t buckle too much.

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