OVERVIEW
 
 

A creative outlet for everyone!

Sign up, receive a blank sketchbook, fill it up and submit it to the world's largest collection of sketchbooks. Your book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library's permanent collection and will travel as part of our nationwide art exhibitions!

 

 
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Submit your work to the world's largest collection of sketchbooks. Where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library's permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people.

Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. 

VOL. 14 THEMES
GO-BETWEEN / DISCONNECTION / BIZARRE / THINGS I'VE LEFT BEHIND / STANDSTILLS / RITUALS / THIS ONE THING... / STITCH & STORY / HOMONYMS / INFINITE SKETCH / CITY STREETS / BURDENS & BRUSHES / MELANCHOLY / A VISUAL STORY OF THE DAY WE MET

 

ORDER A SKETCHBOOK:

The Sketchbook Project Vol. 14
from 30.00

STANDARD: Book lives in the physical library and is searchable in person only.

DIGITIZED: Book lives in the physical library and ALSO scanned and added to our online library. Searchable both in person and online.

SUPPLIES: Two Pigma Micron pens, Two pencils, One Pitt Pen, One pencil sharpener, One eraser, Brooklyn Art Library and Sketchbook Project stickers

Please select YES or NO for each dropdown:

Add Digitizing? + $35:
Add Supply Pack? +$25:
Quantity:
Order a Sketchbook

Want to save 20%? Order a pack of 5 or more books here!

VOL. 14 DEADLINES:
ORDER A BOOK BY: NOVEMBER 15TH
POSTMARK YOUR BOOK BY: FEBRUARY 15TH
 
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THE SKETCHBOOK

Each artist is sent the same 5''x7'' blank custom SBP sketchbook. We've only got a few rules: first, the book must be used in some way - no sending us back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions.

Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into Brooklyn Art Library's system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where their book travels, how often it is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!

FOUNDED IN 2006...

Brooklyn Art Library is a creative platform that hosts interactive projects accessible to anyone. We are the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. Housing over 40,000 sketchbooks on our shelves and over 20,000 in our digital library, we fuse the digital with the analog to create a one of a kind experience for all of our artists and visitors.

Crowd-sourced from every corner of the globe, we’re changing the way creative people share their work while creating a worldwide community resource.

 
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FEATURES
 

Let your sketchbook out into the wild.

We know how precious a sketchbook is. You carry it with you everywhere, spending months working on it. It becomes a part of you. When you're finished, share your hard work with the world. We'll make sure you stay connected with your sketchbook for years to come after we catalog it in Brooklyn Art Library.
 

HERE IS WHAT YOU GET:

 
 
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Your book is unique - And trackable

Your sketchbook will be given a barcode with a unique six-digit number found on the sticker on the back cover of your book - this allows us to keep track of your book and record who views it at every tour date and while it's in Brooklyn Art Library. And after we catalog it, artists will be able to log into their accounts and view real time statistics about their book for years to come.

 

Your work, on display

Your work will live indefinitely at our brick and mortar library space in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Art Library, the world's largest library of sketchbooks, houses over 40,000 sketchbooks. Our system is democratic and allows for all books to have a chance to be viewed. Make sure you send your family and friends on their next NY trip.

 
 
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Tag and Catalog your sketchbook

The Sketchbook Project is a way to re-engage with your creative self and share your work with the world. Artists can attach as many searchable tags and keywords to their books as they want, helping visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for in our tailored and intentional check-out experience. The more search terms you add to your book, the more chances it will have to be viewed!

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Help build a creative resource

In completing a sketchbook, you’re adding your voice to an archive of creative material built by a diverse community of global artists. Our collection includes chapbooks, zines, travel journals, stories, memoirs, and more; some books are silly and uplifting, while others are revealing and heartbreaking. There is value in every book in our collection, and each book has a story to tell.

 
 
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An alternative audience for your work

Our check-out process fuses digital and analog ways of discovering artwork. After searching our catalog, visitors select specific books to view in an interactive experience. Adding your social media handle or URL to the back of your book allows others to follow your work. We're putting the social aspect back in social media, connecting audiences with artists in an analog experience that can't be found anywhere else.

Text messages, from your sketchbook

We offer free notifications via text or email, every time your book is viewed - whether it’s out traveling with one of our pop-up, tours or exhibitions across North America, or back in our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library. Think about it, you are sitting around on a Saturday afternoon when you get a text that someone in the world is looking at your work right now. It's like a million times better than a like.

 
 
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The project gets around

Here are just a few of the places where we have been mentioned:

THE NY TIMES
THE NEW YORKER
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
TEDx
HUFFPOST

 
TOUR
 
 

Send your sketchbook on an experience of a lifetime...

Over the past twelve years, we’ve traveled across three continents, almost forty states and fifty cities. We’ve driven cross-country 5+ times, toting the books in our collection to creative communities across North America. This year, we’re launching The Sketchbook Project Experiences, turning our longer format tours into more in-depth and unique pop-ups and exhibitions catered to niche artistic communities across the globe.  

 

 
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Vote for a city!

TOURS

We want the chance to interact with our Sketchbook Project community on another level beyond our Brooklyn based library. We're planning one-off events sprinkled throughout the year to encourage deeper community engagement.

POP-UPS

We want the chance to interact with our Sketchbook Project community on another level beyond our Brooklyn based library. We're planning one-off events sprinkled throughout the year to encourage deeper community engagement.

EVENTS

Why just stick to New York? We’ve packed up our collection and shipped out in our mobile library many times before and we’re excited to continue the journey and see where the road takes us! From Melbourne to London and NYC to LA, we’ve hosted exhibitions all over the world. It's like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks.

 
 
INFO/RULES
 

FAQ's

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PARTICIPATION

+ Can anyone participate?

Yes! All books are accepted into the collection. We do not jury any of the work.

After you order a book, we'll mail you a package containing an official SBP 2019 sketchbook with a unique 6-digit barcode on it and detailed instructions about the project.

+ How do I gift someone a sketchbook?

Easy peasy! Even if you order a sketchbook with your personal credit card, have it shipped to your personal address, etc., the sketchbook can be registered to whomever you choose. Each sketchbook comes with its own unique 6-digit barcode that is registered by its author regardless of who originally purchased it.

+ A few basic rules for creating your sketchbook.

Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5 x 7” inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, go for it! Your book must stay thinner than an inch when closed.

Your barcode sticker must remain in place on the book - no moving or covering it. An altered or unreadable label means we have to disqualify you from the project. Please contact us if you damaged your barcode.

Don't forget that your sketchbook is traveling and being held - please try to avoid the use of ties that can come undone, random plastic things that may fall off in transit, art materials that could smudge (like acrylic and gesso paint), glitter and any hazardous materials. Your book should be durable and be able to withstand normal wear and tear.

+ Tell me about the blank sketchbook that I’ve ordered.

Your book comes with a six-digit B number on a sticker found on the back cover of your sketchbook that is unique to you!

Each book has 16 pages. 32 back and front.

Our books are made by our best buds at Scout Books. Each book is offset printed using vegetable-based inks, and 100% recycled papers sourced from American mills. Our covers are made with 18pt Chipboard that contains 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% pre-consumer recycled content. Scout Book pages are made with 70# text weight paper containing 100% post-consumer recycled content. Scout Books, our book makers, power all of our presses and production machinery with renewable energy. PLEASE NOTE: You CANNOT send in previously made sketchbooks. All books must start with our blank book. It's part of the challenge!

+ Tell me about the Themes.

The list of 2019 themes is found in your directions leaflet that comes with your book. The themes are supposed to be a starting point, not a restriction, so don't feel smothered by them. You will have the option to select your theme later when you connect your book, or opt not to use one of the themes we have given you. It's all up to you!

We have a major respect for artist ownership. By submitting to the project, you still retain ownership of your work. We own the physical sketchbook, but your work is your work. You do grant a license to use it as needed for the project, but we do our best to make sure you are always credited. We have NO plans to ever sell the original work, however, if that ever did come up, we MUST contact you with a responsible amount of time for you to respond. PLEASE REVIEW THE FULL TERMS

+ When do I connect my book?

You can connect your book anytime between when you receive it and before you send it back.

An account is not created when your book is ordered, you get to create one at https://www.sketchbookproject.com/register and then you will be prompted to connect a book.

Use your unique six-digit B# under the barcode on the back of your book to connect it.

If you have already created an account in the past, you can connect your book at https://www.sketchbookproject.com/connect.

+ I’m part of a (school, art, bookmaking, etc.) group and we want to order a pack of books together.

Well you’re in luck! Sketchbook packs of five or more automatically come with a 20% discount! Order your preferred amount here: http://www.brooklynartlibrary.com/packs

+ I'm ready to send my book back.

Make sure to create an account and connect your book first! Feel free to send your book back earlier than the postmark deadline. Late books will not be a part of the traveling experiences but will be added to the shelves of our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library. We promise we'll let you know when we have received your completed sketchbook at Brooklyn Art Library when we are able. Please don't email us asking if we received your book. We receive a veritable ton of books in the mail every day, and checking them in by hand can be a very long process! We recommend sending it with delivery confirmation or using UPS. We do our best to be available to sign for packages, however we cannot guarantee it.

+ What happens after I send my book back?

After the postmark due date, we'll catalog all of that challenge’s books and exhibit them both at the library in Brooklyn and out of town at pop-ups and exhibits around the country. Everyone who sends their completed sketchbook back in time will have their book included, and later cataloged into our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library. All dates and cities for the pop-ups, tours and other exhibits are subject to change.

DIGITIZING

+ How long will it take for my sketchbook to be digitized?

Due to the size of our staff, we tend to digitize all the books at once after the postmark deadline has passed. We cannot promise your book will be digitized prior to then.

If you ordered digitizing separately after sending in your standard book, we will digitize your book with the next batch that we digitize. For example, if you send us a 2018 book after the deadline, it will be digitized with the first batch of 2019 books we digitize.

We’re a small team (of five) and every digitized sketchbook is processed manually and scanned by hand, so we really appreciate your patience!

+ Can I add digitizing to my standard book later?

You can add digitizing later, however, we recommend getting it when you order your book. Depending on the amount of books we have, your book will be added to the end of the queue so it may be digitized when we digitize the next challenge’s batch of books.

+ Digital Library FAQ's

All the books that have been purchased with digitizing are digitized after the deadline. We cannot digitize your book earlier than that. We are a small staff and need to do it all at once. Please allow six-eight weeks after the deadline for your book to appear online. Please don't email us about it until after that time.

We CANNOT digitize books vertically. It doesn't work that way. We will not refund your money if that is what you were expecting. All 18,000 other books are horizontal.

There is a natural 'gutter' gap in the way our digitizer works. Please expect about a quarter of an inch to be cut off on both sides of the inside spine.

Though it seems high tech, our digitizer is old and tired. Just let us know if something looks off, we don't do it on purpose, things happen, we are only robots, I mean people...

If the book you are viewing seems dark, try refreshing the page and the book should then appear light again.

SHIPPING

+ How do you ship?

We ship via USPS to help lower shipping costs and allow for free shipping to our domestic participants. That means, we do have a small % of books that get lost in transit. We will happily resend your book at no cost to you after two weeks of ship date for domestic orders and six weeks after ship date for international orders. For all international orders, we will send you a USPS tracking number in your confirmation shipment email so that you can watch where your package is on its journey to you!

+ I just got notified that my order shipped. Where can I track the delivery status of my package?

If you still haven’t received your order two weeks after your shipping notification for domestic orders and six weeks for international orders, shoot us an email and we will connect you to the USPS tracking link for your package and resend if needed.

Single domestic sketchbook shipments do not come with a tracking number, so just let us know after two weeks of the ship date if you still haven’t received it.

 


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The Sketchbook Project Vol. 14
from 30.00

STANDARD: Book lives in the physical library and is searchable in person only.

DIGITIZED: Book lives in the physical library and ALSO scanned and added to our online library. Searchable both in person and online.

SUPPLIES: Two Pigma Micron pens, Two pencils, One Pitt Pen, One pencil sharpener, One eraser, Brooklyn Art Library and Sketchbook Project stickers

Please select YES or NO for each dropdown:

Add Digitizing? + $35:
Add Supply Pack? +$25:
Quantity:
Order a Sketchbook