I recently come across this interesting project, it’s massive crowd-sourced library that features 33,724 sketchbooks from over 135 countries. Cool, right?
There’s a few ways to find these works. Either in person at the Brooklyn Art Library, or on their website. Which is really something special, you can search for Sketchbooks by themes, artists, locations or simply find a random book. It’s an enjoyable site to play around on!
The team behind this project, have clearly done something write because they’re now entering their ninth year running. To celebrate they’ve put together a collection of sketches from all parts of this earth in a book they call The Sketchbook Project World Tour.
The book is “destined to go down as one of the era’s most astonishing global art projects, the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project has, in less than a decade, amassed more than thirty thousand sketchbooks submitted by people of all ages and artistic abilities from more than 130 countries. Bursting with color, vivid imagery, and bouts of whimsy mixed with deeply intimate insights, the sketchbooks capture the texture of personal experience in a dizzying variety of illustrative styles and layouts that run the gamut from street portraits to stream-of-consciousness doodles, comics, and pop-ups. The Sketchbook Project World Tour presents the most compelling, surprising, and visually stunning examples from this one-of-a-kind artistic treasury.”
Here’s a few sketches that I was ‘drawn’ to.