The Sketchbook Challenge

December 7, 2010
I call my sketchbooks my

These books are filled with doodles, drawings, composition studies, grocery lists, exercises, and nothing in particular. They are one of my favorite resources for new ideas. If I don’t jot down ideas immediately they simply evaporate into the ether that is between my ears. I love these books. I’ll never leave them. 


Starting next year I’m taking it to the next level!

I’d like to invite you to join me for

Perhaps you want to start keeping a sketchbook but every time you sit down with a book in front of you and pencil in hand you freeze up and just can't seem to get started.  Might it be helpful to take a glimpse into another artists sketchbook to see how they use theirs? Do you need a nudge or an idea to get you started?

The sketchbook challenge is a new project launching on 1/1/2011. Follow along with us as we fill our sketchbooks based on a monthly theme that will be announced on the first of each month.

You’ll be keeping company with some inspirational artists including
Each month we’ll announce a new theme on the sketchbook challenge blog then show you images from our sketchbooks and talk about the intention and inspiration behind them.  Along the way we’ll be sharing tips, techniques and tutorials.  We hope that by giving you a peek inside our sketchbooks and showing you how different they all are that we’ll inspire you to start keeping a sketchbook of your own.  And of course if you do, we’ll want to see some photos of your book too so we’ve designed a blog badge for you to put on your own blog to show your participation in the project.  You can get instructions and the html code for your badge here.

We encourage you to post photos of your sketchbook pages on your blog and then post a link in the comment section of the Sketchbook Challenge blog so that others can look at your pages too!
And here is something fantastic to sweeten the pot … thanks to the generosity of some terrific sponsors we’ll be doing some givewaways and special shopping offers!
So pick up your blog badge, go grab a sketchbook, some pencils, pens, markers or paints and get ready to sketch with us!


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    December 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    It's one of those things – come when you can – do what you can! There is room for all in whatever capacity you have to share!

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    Suzanne Gwynne
    December 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Lyric,
    I'm in, if there's room for a latecomer to the party! I'd have to link to Flikr; is that OK?
    I'm looking forward to starting my sketchbook with great intentions, deadlines, friends, prizes! :))
    Happy Holidays
    Suzanne G in NC

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    December 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    alarmcat – I would LOVE for you to play along!

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    December 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Love your blog! Found you on Carla's site. This challenge looks fun…can i play along?

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    December 11, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Oh Lyric!!! I love this! I'd love to join in!!!

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    Jenny Williams
    December 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I need the discipline, as well. Just hope I have time, but I really would like to be a participant.

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    December 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I'm needing a bit of disipline myself so, count me in

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    Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs
    December 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Ready to go and I have posted about it on my blog.

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    Lynn Weathers
    December 8, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Something to look forward to in the coming year! I'm in.

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    December 8, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Looks fun! I'd like to join in, I think.

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    December 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Like in Lynn. Where do i join?

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    December 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I like it!

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    Janet Ghio
    December 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    This looks like it will be fun!

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