Monday, January 30, 2012

The Sketchbook Project - Fill me with stories

The Sketchbook Project 2012
© Michelle Wiebe
Pen on Paper and Cardboard
7" x 10" 

I have been plugging away at this little project since November. It started smoothly and after a long stall, resumed quite quickly. I'm actually feeling like this is "too close for comfort" to post on the blog, but I will anyways. Thank you to the Brooklyn Art Library for hosting such a cool project!


Loopyker said...

Well, I for one, am glad you did decide to post it. Beautiful!

I get very encouraged when I read about artists I admire still being afraid of blank paper. It's something I have to always struggle with myself, and have very little work to show for it because of that. But things like this help me be braver. Thank you. :)

Michelle said...

Thanks! Paper intimidates me but canvas doesn't. I know I can paint over I guess, paper is less forgiving.

Funny, whenever I am going to have a fresh start, I buy a new sketchbook. Things fade, then stop. The sketchbook is unfinished. I buy a new sketchbook, wash, rinse, repeat.

Finishing this sucker was the most important part to me.

kathleen said...

Stumbled upon your blog today and fell instantly in love! I'm so glad you decided to post your notebook project. The sketches are gorgeous and similar to doodles I use to make in college (yours are of course WAY better than anything I ever did). Also reading your words was almost like hearing my own thoughts. It was brave and inspirational to put it all out there on your blog :)

L.C said...

Love it!!!!
keep up the awesome work!

staci said...

I get a sketch book and don't want to mess it up so it takes a while to start. Once i break it in, i work in it constantly. For the past few years though, I've intimidated myself from drawing. I look at the blank page and I want to get across something deep and meaningful but what i draw seems hollow and never drawn well enough to me. It’s so frustrating. I hardly ever draw something beyond a pathetic doodle. Now its so rare for me to lose myself in drawing… I’m really glad you posted this, that there are others out there like me who struggle. And that they fight through and finish the book anyway. Thank you. :)

Patrick and Iris said...

Stumbled across your blog and saw your book. I love your drawing especially the part of the story with the bird!


banning brewd said...

i am so so so glad you posted this.

Pinkish said...

Love the first set of Drawings they remind me of I Love Dust. GREAT!

Robie Benve said...

I found your blog by chance, and loved the sketchbook challenge photos. You did such a great job! I participated in the same project in Columbus, OH, and I can definitely relate to the "start-with-great-ideas-but-second-guess-myself" and I was also working on the deadline to finish up.
Yours is much better though. :)) Wonderful job!