Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2011, Thank You's, and Monsieur Olivet!

Hi everyone - just wanted to pop by and say hello! I hope you've all been enjoying January so far..wow, I can't believe it's already the 20th!

The Sketchbook Project 2011: Yay! I completed the project and mailed my sketchbook to the ArtHouseCoop a few weeks ago, and I can't wait to see all of the sketchbooks when it tours to San Francisco. I must say that I REALLY loved this project and am missing it already as it was my first completed sketchbook and I had never kept to a small format as this to sketch before.

Before I started, I wracked my brains for a cover illustration, and then decided, put it away, start somewhere in the middle..so I started on page 3. I think it was a good way for me to just dive in, not get too caught up on "perfect-perfect" and just start sketching. Throughout the project, I found that just sketching one spread a night or every other night was a peaceful and less-frightening way of tackling some of my illustration challenges like hands, the male figure, proportion, shading, lighting.

I'm going to purchase new sketchbooks to keep working on my drawing skills...do you have any recommendations of favorite sketchbooks, please let me know..as I'd love to hear from you and your experiences with this...as well as your experience with the Sketchbook Project if you participated! : )Note: cover was done on the LAST day of the project - I decided to scan and print on watercolor paper an image of one of the last sketches I did, and it made it to the cover. I cut out the hole, and glued it from the back. I wanted to keep the cover to black and white since all of the pages were done in pencil only.

Thank you's: I'm SO honored by my dear Ces. Thank you Ces! You are a rockstar sisterfriend bar-none. If you are not familiar with Ces, please go visit now. I am always, always amazed at the breadth of her beautifully detailed illustrations and paintings. Ces, you honor me as you had given this to me many months ago..I am kicking myself for not acknowledging it sooner..it is in honor of Arija , a dear sisterfriend of Ces's. You can read about the award here. And to Christie and Julie, many thanks for the Stylish Blogger award! I am so happy to get to know you both recently and it is wonderful to share this award with such kind, talented and energetic artists as yourselves..thank you!

Monsieur Olivet: It has been far too long since we've heard from Monsieur. I hope you all know that he had a quiet, though peaceful holiday season, and he is ready for a brand new year. If you haven't visited before, please stop here for a visit.

Always wonderful that you take the time to visit and comment...I appreciate it a lot, fellow artists and friends! ~ Shirley

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations all around! What an accomplishment to stay on course with your sketchbook and see it through to its completion! And how nice to be recognized by your fellow bloggers! Way to go!
    P.S. Looking forward to seeing what Monsieur Olivet has in store for the new year! :o)

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  2. Wow what an amazing project!!! I can see it was a great experience!!! congratulations on your blog awards you so deserve it! :0)

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  3. What a great accomplishment! Congratulations to you!!!! I love the cover!!! So happy that you are back and posting all your wonderful art!!!!

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  4. Hi Shirley! Congrats on your awards - they are truly well deserved. And many congrats to you on finishing up your sketchbook project. I know it will be really well received. :) Theresa

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  5. yay! you did it! congrats, shirley!

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  6. Wow, congrats on finishing your sketchbook! That is definitely something to be proud of. I love your loose little sketches of the little boy. So sweet!

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  7. Bravo for this great project ! I think your scketchbook must be wonderful ! The piece of we can see are lovely and the cover too! ^_^

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  8. Congratulations Shirley and thank you for your kind words and best wishes! YOU ROCK! I am looking forward to more wonderful art from you. Everyone who visits my office admire your watercolor painting of "Breakfast in Bed." THANK YOU VERY much for making me happy.

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  9. I'm still a bit bummed about not being able to finish! But that's how it goes. I'm still planning on making the trek to Austin to see the exhibit and yep, I will be searching yours out first! :) Have a great weekend.

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  10. Shirley! First of all, congratulations! You definitely deserve that award. And more!

    Second of all, WOW! Your sketchbook is darling, dahlink! It's so CUTE! I love the wee little people. I love the free flowing lines. Like Harold and his magic..er...pencil. This looks fantastic!

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  11. Your sketchbook looks awesome. Love the cowboy illustration for IF, too.

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  12. Congratulations! & the sketchbook looks really great...beautiful illo too!

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  13. Beautiful scketches, Shirley! Your image of Sendak´s Max is wonderful. I love it.

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  14. Hi Shirley! Sorry I haven't visited in a while. :( It's been a busy start to the year.

    I just love your sketchbook. I think the cover looks classy and neat. Congrats on finishing!! I can't wait to see the whole sketchbook when it comes to Orlando! :D

    P.S. Thanks so much for you comment. You're the best! ;)

    xoxo
    Julissa

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  15. Yea for finishing your Sketchbook! I wonder how many people don't. I didn't fill mine up, but I did what I intended to do. Technically, I suppose mine isn't a "sketch" book...but I don't really sketch, so...
    Yours looks adorable. :)

    Also I left you a little blog-love over at my place!

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  16. Big 'congratulations' from me for filling your Sketchbook with wonderful images. I am full of admiration, as I am useless at working in sketchbooks (they kind of intimidate me)!

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