Our friends over at the Art House Co-op are now officially on tour with the 2012 Sketchbook Project. Upcoming stops include Oakland, Portland, Toronto, Austin, London, and Melbourne among many others and I’m told lines are stretching out the door so best to get there early. The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants obtain sketchbooks and are given several months to fill the pages and return them for inclusion in the traveling exhibition. Above are some of my favorites from the 2012 project and if you’re interested I strongly urge you to get involved in the 2013 project.
Not content to rest on the massive success of the Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op have also begun an ongoing series of collaborative art projects called the 10×10 Series where participants submit photography, short films, letters, and other forms of art or expression based on certain criteria or themes. As new projects launch online they fill extremely fast so keep your eye out.
I’m loving these figurative sketchbook illustrations created around the forms of pressed leaves. They showed up in the Tumblr of the Sketching Backpacker who has some serious chops when it comes to documenting their travels using paint, collage, pencil, or anything else available, I definitely recommend getting lost for a moment. (via fuck yeah book arts!)
Though I just posted a selection of envelope drawings by Mark Powell about three months ago, the guy has been on an absolute tear the past few weeks, cranking out new portraits every few days, so I couldn’t resist sharing a few more with you. Powell executes each drawing with a standard Bic Biro pen using stamped and faded envelopes that traversed the European postal system more than a century ago. See more of his recent work here.
Estonia-based artist Heikki Leis is a master of graphite realism. The drawings above are from his Everyday Reflections series that depict seemingly random individuals as they peer into mirrors performing mundane grooming activities, all rendered in painstaking detail with nothing but a pencil. See more of his work over on Behance.
Artist Steven Spazuk began his career as many artists do, a gradual transition from sketching and drawing to watercolor and acrylic painting. In the 1980s he began using an airbrush and found himself fascinated by the smooth gradients created by the finely sprayed paint. Then, in 2001 an idea struck: what would happen if he exposed a canvas to fire and controlled the imprint of soot left on the surface? Spazuk has hardly left the medium since. Though he creates many smaller pieces that look like smokey gesture drawings, I really enjoy his wall-sized fragmentation paintings made from hundreds of smaller works, each the result of a canvas exposed to fire and then gently etched to reveal finers details. Watch the video above to see how he does it.
Artist and photographer Sarah Esteje illustrates these wonderful portraits of animals using nothing more than a standard Bic pen. You can learn a bit more about the artist over on Beware and click through the drawings above to see some larger versions.
The inside of Mattias Adolfsson’s sketchbook looks much better than the inside of mine. These are just a few of some fantastic spreads found in his series Flying Junk and Rococo Borg. Be sure to click the images for maximum HD sketch goodness. (via behance)