SIGN UPS FOR SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. You’ve reached this page because you’re interested in becoming a part of our global community at The Sketchbook Project (or maybe you’re just poppin’ in to say hi)!

Sign-ups for our 2018 Challenge are currently closed. BUT we’ve got some very exciting news...so read on!

We’re super excited to announce our next venture...The Canvas Project! Officially launching on February 7th, this crowd-sourced visual encyclopedia will be a culmination of mini canvases painted by artists from all over the globe. Click here to pre order and save 20%!

In the meantime...

Check out our digital library to peruse books from our past challenges. If you chose to digitize your book, it will be a part of our digital library by late summer.

If you’re looking for some inspiration from fellow artists, we’ve got some fun blog posts about some awesome creative folks from our community and what inspires them.

We’re launching the 2019 Challenge on May 15th! And stay tuned for tour dates and locations of our mobile library tour boppin’ around the country this summer.

 

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT

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. To participate and receive a sketchbook which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, sign up on the form to the right.

Want to save 20%? Order five or more books with our NEW packs for you and your friends. Click here.

2018 THEMES

UNDERWATER / THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS / TEXTURES / LINES AND GRAPHICS / LONG STORIES WITH SHORT ENDINGS / A COMIC BOOK ENDING / NO WORRIES / TACOS / CONNECTIONS / PEOPLE I WISH I KNEW /

 

Order by: January 31st, 2018 EXTENDED!
Postmark by: April 30th, 2018 EXTENDED!
Exhibition starts: June, 2018
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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!

EDUCATIONAL AND GROUP DISCOUNTS:

We offer discounts for group orders and orders made by educational institutions. Please click here to order!

Any group order with 10+ sketchbooks qualifies. It does not have to be from an educational institution.

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THE LIBRARY

"In part because of it's far-flung contributors, the collection is astonishing in its breadth. There are no rules about what to put in a sketchbook, or about who gets to make one, so contributions from first-time artists and children sit alongside the work of professional illustrators and painters, some of whom contribute to the project once a year as a way to blow off steam or try something new. Some tell stories—recently on display in the library was a picture-book tribute, carefully painted in cheery colors, in memory of the artist’s best friend, who had died. Others function more like diaries or collages, like a particularly popular sketchbook documenting the internal landscape of a woman’s body as she underwent chemotherapy... The sketchbooks feature architectural diagrams, extraordinarily detailed watercolors, depressing doodles, lists of favorite songs and ex-lovers, white-on-white cutouts, and on and on." - JORDAN KISNER The New Yorker

Special thanks to Kate Castelli for inspiring us and letting us use a part of her 2016 sketchbook for our 2018 branding!