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Sketchbook Project 2014

I entered The Sketchbook Project again this year. I knew what I wanted to do for a while, but typically I didn’t pull the finger out until two weeks before the deadline.  Last year I drew part of Wexford Main Street, the year before I wrote a wee story about feeling lost.  This year I drew most of the places I have lived in, with a commentary on what I remember about living there.




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I drew the floor plans on layout paper and layered them in the order the floors go in, so there are hints of the floor below visible, as can be seen in the scan directly above.  I kept the colours to  a minimum, just a little greenery in the gardens or a highlight somewhere else.

Essentially, this is a project about Home.

(Something that I planned on putting into the sketchbook but ran out of space for was this juicy map (always a map). I clicked a few years ago that two places I’ve lived in are built on the former site of a Female Orphanage. Odd little coincidence.)


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Sketchbook Project 2013 – Wexford Main Street

The deadline for the most recent Sketchbook Project was last Tuesday 13th January.  I made it, just in time.  I really liked doing this one too- wish I had more time to draw.  And sew.  And knit.  Andandand.  Practice makes perfect after all!

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This time I did a very long drawing of a section of North Main Street in Wexford;  (Last time I wrote a wee story).  I’ve planned on drawing both Abbey Street and Capel Street in Dublin for a while; I’ve a crazy-assed plan for the drawings (if they ever materialise), and came up with the idea that this could be done as my sketchbook.  I decided to take some photos and spend the few days I’d off over Christmas drawing.  But, the day I went to take the photos of Capel Street was miserable- proper Irish yuck.  So miserable that I decided that Wexford Main Street would do.  Consequently, on Christmas Day I told Sam that he had no choice but to accompany me down town with Sunny for her walk.  While I took photos on my phone, Sam made small-talk with a crazy dude who didn’t bat an eyelid at what I was doing but told Sam all about his finding a wallet with €500 “just there” and how he didn’t bring it to the Gardai “thieving civil servants, the lot”.  Thanks Sam!

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I stuck a Sam and Sunny in for good measure- the only bit of colour in the otherwise basic line drawings.

I scanned the entire thing in high res; someday I’ll sit down and piece it together.  Someday.  Ya know, that day in the future.

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SPARK Illustrations

A wee while back I was contacted by Slaves of the Extraordinary, to produce a series of illustrations for the SPARK event last Friday in aid of the Mayamiko Trust.  Illustration, fair trade fashion and putting on a theatrical show?? Triple whammy!!

I’m doing a limited edition of 10 prints and going to open my reinvented Etsy shop with them, with a 15% proceeds going to the charity – will keep you posted…


Meanwhile, anyone doing this year’s Sketchbook Project?

Very Exciting….

Remember the Sketchbook I made for Art House Co-Op?  Well, they featured mine with 34 others in their blog!  Ooh, I got so excited last night when I saw that:-)  It’s “35 Sweet Sketchbook Covers“…

Just had to share!

Another Sketchbook finished!

I know I seemed to drop of the planet for a while there, but like Tricia, I took up Amy’s challenge and added the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition to an already interminable to-do list.  If you want something done, ask a busy person, I guess…

I’ve been wanting to get back into drawing for a while (remember the pop-up shop back before Christmas?).  I’ve had a notion for a while to do a series of portraits of snapshots of ordinary people in my ordinary life doing..well..whatever it is they do. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to let loose and try it out without worrying too much about making something perfect and polished.Image

I allowed myself to start with some found images of interesting people I don’t know, since it’s wa-a-ay easier to self-criticise when you’re not getting a likeness of a face you’ve know and loved for years.



A few got ditched along the way (one shot of my mother with my as a baby kept making her look Asian and/or psychopathic) (my mother is neither), a few took for-EVER and I thought I might never make the deadline.



Creeping back to my comfort zone, I interspersed the drawings with fabrics which I plan to combine somehow with the digital offspring of these ones to make proper, finished mixed media illustrations.  So much for letting loose with gay abandon…!


Sketchbook with a Deadline

*UPDATE* I have ordered my sketchbook…

I came across this quite randomly, and wish I’d heard about it before.  It’s called The Sketchbook Project.  You sign up to receive a blank sketchpad by post from the Brooklyn Art Library in New York,  fill it up however you want based on a theme and send it back. Then your work will be catalogued in the Brooklyn Art Library and published in the Limited Edition art book series.  This is so exciting!  The possibilities… I think this may be added to the list of things I want to do this year (it’s a vague, meandering list; I really should write it down sometime).

So, who’s with me?

(I kinda like the tie-in with our blog-name too….heh)

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