Sketchbook Project 2012 {Part 1}

Last summer, I decided to sign up for The Sketchbook Project. It is an international project where participants are sent a blank sketchbook to fill based on a chosen theme. The completed sketchbook is then sent back to be cataloged in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. The collection is also part of a traveling exhibition which allows people from all over to view the sketchbooks. How cool is that?

When I signed up, there were many themes to choose. I ended up going with Chronicle, because I thought it would be fun to turn the sketchbook into a sort of story book.

Storyboarding the idea.
I also really wanted my Sketchbook to be a collaborative effort between myself, Stephen and Stella. During a long road trip back from Pennsylvania, we brainstormed the theme. 

Stella wanted to incorporate dogs, cats, bunnies, fishies and mustaches (!!!). All of the animals loved peanut butter and made different types of sandwiches with it - peanut butter/jelly and peanut butter/chocolate/marshmallow sandwiches.

Starting with the grey gouache.
Stephen suggested having two factories that focused on producing the two types of sandwiches. We also thought that the story needed a little conflict. What if there was a herd of elephants that depleted their peanut supply on their land and needed to seek out another source? Hmm...

Adding yellow.
Adding green.
The story definitely has some holes, but I had a lot of fun with composing the spreads, choosing the color scheme and creating the characters. Plus, my whole family got to participate in the making of my Sketchbook! You can't get any better than that.

There are 32 pages to the Sketchbook, but I'll only post the first half today. I don't want to totally inundate you with photos. And please don't read TOO much into my captions - I am not a writer! There is a reason my book had no words...

Front Cover : Peanut Butter by emily balsley
There was a field of green, two sandwich factories and an elephant habitat.
The field of green. The plants in the foreground are actually peanut plants.
Detail of the Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Marshmallow Sandwich factory.
Here we are, inside the PBCM factory, watching the workers at the assembly line.
Detail of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich factory.
Viewing the mustachioed workers at the PBJ assembly line.
That's it for now! I'll be back with a post on Monday that will depict the ensuing drama. Ooh!

Have a great weekend,