What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Sketchbook Project


sketch 6

Excerpt from “Fascinating Fictional Females” By: Laura Dalgarno-Platt

My friend Laura recently participated in something that I absolutely loved. It’s a project by the Brooklyn Art Library called the Sketchbook Project. The premise is simple. You purchase a kit from the Library which includes a sketchbook and instructions. If you want your sketchbook to be digitized, there’s an additional charge, but I think it’s totally worth it to become part of such a cool project and to have your work preserved for all time. And believe me, I looked through at least 100 of these things, and you definitely don’t need to be a skilled artist to participate.

Every book submitted to The Sketchbook Project joins the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library, and a lucky few are chosen to tour around the country, too. (By the way, Laura’s outstanding sketchbook is one of those super-cool books currently on tour!) The scanned books become a permanent part of the BAL Digital Library, which contains more than 20,835 digitized sketchbooks.

I’ve got a lot going on this summer, but I plan on ordering a sketchbook and participating myself this fall.

I’ve included some of my current faves below, but I’ve truly barely scratched the surface, so I recommend you go have a look for yourself. The collection can be seen on the project website.

sketch 5

threads of time
By: Vanessa Zuloaga
Pages: 36
Theme: Time Traveler
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA, United States

sketch 7Untitled
By: Joshua Fronk
Pages: 52
Theme: Dirigibles and submersibles
Location: New York, NY, United States


sketch 1RESIST Spiegel Catalog 1950
By: Mars Tokyo
Pages: 34
Theme: This is not what it seems
Location: Baltimore, MD, United States

sketch 2Faces, Places…
By: Kat Fitzgerald
Pages: 26
Theme: Undecided
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

sketch 3(F)all is lost
By: viskelod
Pages: 16
Theme: Long Stories with Short Endings
Location: Helsinki, , Finland

sketch 4Untitled
By: Amy Hunter
Pages: 70
Theme: Face in the crowd
Location: North Nowra, NSW, Australia



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “The Sketchbook Project

  1. So very talented. The sketches are amazing. Thank you for sharing. 🤗

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  2. This would be fun…..You …should do it. lol

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  3. I feel extremely honoured to be featured on your blog. Thank you for that. The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project is such a great idea. I was missing being involved in community art projects so – while all done at a distance – this helped me regain that feeling of working on something creative as a member of an art community again. I also love how levelling it is because anyone can participate regardless of experience, age, style, or medium. I find myself getting sucked down the rabbit hole of lost time any time I go on the website and pore over sketchbooks and some time I will have to go and visit the building and flick through them in person. I look forward to seeing what you create in your sketchbook. I have my fresh one already but am procrastinating something rotten over a theme and subject.

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  4. Thanks for this!! Great to see so many sketchbooks and especially wonderful to see Laura’s as the lead photo!!!

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  5. Fantastic idea!!!!! I just replied to Laura, above! 🙂

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