Posts Tagged ‘sketchbook project’

The monsters are done!

My sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project is finally done, documented, and ready to be mailed tomorrow. Woo hoo! Here are some of the pages that turned out to be my favorites. I’m looking forward to turning my attention to projects which don’t involve monsters (for the Sketchbook Project I was randomly assigned a topic: Aaah! […]

rubber cement monster

I had to rub so much to get the glue off that I ripped a page out of the sketchbook (some of them are perforated, which doesn’t work so well with all the wet media I’m using). Thanks to the mad skillz I gained working in a book bindery, I was able to reattach it […]

monsters and gear

This is what the covers of the monster sketchbook look like right now. And this is a page I went back over with gouache after masking a bit with rubber cement. Mostly I was just happy to have rubber cement – I bought some today after looking for it for weeks. It’s not labeled with […]


almost done with the monsters

Today I put the finishing touches on several pages of the monster sketchbook. I’ve decided to get it in the mail by Monday at the latest. It’s not due until the end of December, but I need to move on to other projects.

AEDM 2009 day 30: it’s over already?

Once again the last day of Art Every Day Month snuck up on me. I’m not ready for it to end! I especially like how AEDM has helped me make so much progress on my Sketchbook Project monsters sketchbook. Pretty much every page has something on it, and after a little more work on the […]

AEDM 2009 day 28: hand monster

One of my goals for the coming week is to finish the monster notebook, document it, and send it off. For missing two days of AEDM, I think I’ll do two more weeks of it (including blog posts) in December. Maybe I can convince my friend Kim to do it with me.


AEDM 2009 day 25: even more monsters

Another one those pages that doesn’t seem quite done, but on the other hand, it’s just a sketchbook. Who says each page has to be done?

AEDM 2009 day 24: seaweed monster

I thought this one looked like a blob of seaweed. Or maybe coral. Is it Sesame Street’s fault that all my monsters have googly eyes?

AEDM 2009 day 23: last pages!

See this? It’s the last blank 2-page spread in my whole monster notebook. I’m almost done! There are many pages that are only kind of half-done, but still it will be a relief to have at least something on each and every page. Keeping in mind that this is only a sketchbook, not every page […]


AEDM 2009 day 21: sparkly plant monster

If you can’t use magic markers and glitter in a monster sketchbook, when can you use them? I’m so happy there are only a couple blank pages left, plus the cover. Can’t wait to finish with the monsters!

AEDM 2009 day 20: starry-eyed monster

In the background there’s sort of a monster hiding in a sock drawer for Leah. I spent most of today working on a bigger project, but I can’t show it to you (yet). It’s a surprise.

AEDM 2009 day 19: pencil monsters

I had so little time for art today. For these pages I just grabbed a pencil and doodled in my monster sketchbook. The pencil itself was kind of interesting: a standard American number-2 dark blue pencil with “1990 FBLA DISTRICT II SKILLS’ CONFERENCE” stamped in gold on it. I wondered where it came from, and […]


AEDM 2009 day 17: there is a monster lurking in the darkness

Luckily I have some good suggestions for future monsters from the comments of yesterday’s post. And then there was my trainer at bootcamp today… Hopefully I’ll be done with this notebook by the end of the month.

AEDM 2009 day 16: monsters dressed up like ghosts

Eh, you try filling a whole sketchbook with monsters. Not easy.

AEDM 2009 day 15: the monster across the street

I love the view out my studio window in Munich. The building right across the street has the best embellishments on top: pointy turrets, triangular bits of fa├žade, clay roof tiles, dormers with arched windows. And then there’s the monster who lives there. I started this page of my monster sketchbook earlier today, then sat […]


AEDM 2009 day 14: Bavarian monsters

It had to be done. Do you like the hint of monster cleavage?

AEDM 2009 day 11: more monsters

My monsters were feeling uninspired today. Not every monster can be a masterpiece. Perhaps I’ll paint over them later, depending on how soon I manage to fill in all the pages of my sketchbook the first time. This second one is based on some cute monster fence posts we saw in London. I’ll probably add […]

AEDM 2009 day 10: blue monster and flash mobs

I worked on a bunch of art projects today, but most of them are not yet blog-worthy. So here’s another page from my monster sketchbook. The other art of the day was of the performance variety, kind of. I participated in a flash mob in Munich. (If you don’t know what a flash mob is, […]


AEDM 2009 day 9: scary

Another page in my ahhh monster sketchbook. I printed out a photograph from my trip to London in black and white and pasted it in the sketchbook. Then I colored in parts of it using gouache and magic markers. PS – If you want to read more about London, I wrote up my trip on […]

AEDM 2009 day 7: monster at home in his London flat

I promise I’ll start posting something besides monster sketches again soon. Maybe even tomorrow.

AEDM 2009 day 6: sightseeing monster

Still traveling. Fit in some sketching today, but haven’t had a chance to photograph my creations. Therefore I bring you a sketch I did earlier in the week: the monster sightseeing, in a city that looks vaguely like Munich.


AEDM 2009 day 5: Tate Modern Monsters

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in art when I’m traveling. Currently I’m in London, and I packed really light so I wouldn’t have to check a bag. The only art supplies I have with me are my monsters sketchbook and a couple pens and pencils. So today I sketched some monsters from paintings at the […]

AEDM 2009 day 4: Ahhh! Monster!

As I mentioned yesterday, I am participating in the Sketchbook Project, for which I was assigned a topic. The topic I received couldn’t have been further from what I usually depict. The topic label simply reads: Ahhh! Monster! It’s ridiculous how hard of a time I’m having trying to fill a sketchbook with monsters. I […]

AEDM 2009 day 3: Sketchbook Project

I am participating in Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project, and AEDM has come along at just the right time to help nudge me to finish the project and send it off by the end of the month. Art House Co-op is putting together a library of small sketchbooks from artists from all over the world. […]

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