INTRODUCING THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT VOL. 14.
A NEW ERA FOR THE PROJECT.
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We're entering into a new era of The Sketchbook Project. Every six months, we'll be kicking off with a unique set of themes that will then travel on their own experiences across North America in pop-ups, tours and exhibitions. They'll all make their way back home to the library where they will live among our full collection.
MAKE YOUR MARK.
A GLOBAL ART PROJECT THAT ANYONE CAN DO.
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, order a sketchbook which will become part our permanent collection of over 40,000 sketchbooks lining the walls of Brooklyn Art Library.
PRE-ORDER A SKETCHBOOK
Pre-order your Sketchbook Project VOL. 14 now and save 30% using the code 'PREORDERVOL14'. Please note, we will begin shipping sketchbooks out the first week of May!
Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks! Every artist is sent the same 5x7'' blank custom SBP sketchbook. Each book will be given a unique six-digit 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 and how often it is viewed - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!
Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project.
You’ll have two options - a standard or digitized book. Standard books live permanently within our brick and mortar exhibition space, Brooklyn Art Library. Digitized books also live within our library and have their own URL's in our Digital Library. Over half of our collection is on display in our Digital Library and it's accessible to anyone.
Pre-order your Sketchbook Project VOL. 14 packs now and save an additional 10% on the already discounted 20% using the code 'PREORDERPACK'. Please note, we will begin shipping sketchbooks out the first week of May!
Want to save 20%? Order five or more books within a sketchbook pack for you and your friends.
Are you part of an art class? Sketching club? Or just a group of friends who want to start a new challenge together? We love having groups and educational institutions participate in this global project together, so we offer discounts for pack orders of five or more books. Select the amount of sketchbooks below and you’ll immediately qualify for 20% off your full order.
PLEASE NOTE: All pack orders include free shipping. Add digitizing to have your book professionally scanned and added to our online library. Ordering for a group of more than 50? Contact us for a special price!
We encourage school groups of all sizes to use the project as a learning tool. Not only do students get to be a part of a global project, they get to create with fun restrictions, for a project that is outside of their normal classwork.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Your book is unique - And trackable
Your sketchbook will be given a unique six-digit barcode - this allows us to keep track of your book and record who views it at every tour and while it's in our library. Artists will be able to log into their accounts and see real time statistics about their book.
An alternative audience for your work
Our checkout process fuses digital and analog ways of discovering artwork. After searching our catalog, visitors select books to view in an interactive experience. Make sure to add your social media handle or URL to the back of your book so visitors can follow your work.
Help us 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. There is value in every book in our collection, and each book has a story to tell.
Your work, on display
Your work will live indefinitely at Brooklyn Art Library, the world's largest library of 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.
Text messages, from your sketchbook
We offer free notifications via text or email, every time your book is viewed - whether it’s through one of our traveling experiences or right at Brooklyn Art Library. Getting a text that someone in the world is looking at your work right now is a million times better than a like.
Tag and catalog your book
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 better
ABOUT 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!
ABOUT 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
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.
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. Our tour exhibitions operate the same way as our library space does, where visitors can search our catalog to find books on-board and spend time flipping through the pages of an original artist sketchbook.
We love being able to bring the collection across the world to all different types of communities who look forward to viewing the sketchbooks in person. Rather than just for a quick weekend or day trip, we’re expanding our experiences into longer term pop-ups. We’ll be choosing several brick and mortar spaces across North America to house our 2019 collection. Scroll down to view examples of our past interactive long-term stays.
We want the chance to interact with our Sketchbook Project community on another level beyond bringing the books to the. We're planning one-off events sprinkled throughout the year to encourage deeper community engagement. These workshops, discussions and collaborative happenings will build off of the energy from our tours and pop-ups. To date we've been able to engage with sketchbook enthusiasts at art walks in Colorado, design schools in Miami, art fairs in NYC, farmers markets in New Orleans, food truck parks in Austin, sculpture parks in New Jersey, distilleries in Toronto, and more.
Current Deadline:ORDER BY: NOV 15th, 2018 / SUBMIT BY: FEB 15th, 2019
+ 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!
+ Do I retain the copyright?
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.
+ 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.
+ 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.