Sorry to those of you who follow my blog. It’s been over a year and I’m ashamed. BUT, it isn’t because I haven’t been working. There have been some projects that required me to keep images to myself. Hopefully, I will be able to post those shortly. In the meantime, I’ve decided to join the Sketchbook Project. www.thesketchbookproject.com Artists can choose their theme. Being that I am a fan of the dark side, I chose Nighttime Stories. After signing up, the artist is sent a plane brown sketchbook. The hard part, what to fill it with. I stared at the book for a few weeks. One day, while in Dallas for a hockey tournament, I started doodling on the cover with ink. I decided that I would not outline or use pencil on this project. Straight to ink….terrifying yet freeing. I doodled out the cover and added color with some watercolor. I got the basic idea down…but I had no idea how to fill the pages. I knew I wanted to involve the viewer. I wanted it to be interactive. I reflected on past projects and remembered this hatbox.
If you moved the hat box lid, you could change the character’s expression. This is what I wanted for my sketchbook. Something people would want to touch and play around with. I decided to cut the pages in my sketchbook and allow the viewer to change faces, torso’s or feet to create a gazillion different monsters. Here is the start of my project.
I’ve added several new monsters, Beware!