Here’s the sketch in progress. I noticed the owner of the book had penciled in a rectangle behind her image so I thought I’d add a box behind mine. This is a favorite technique of Lara Call Gastinger that I’d like to employ more often in my sketchbooks. She does it with watercolor and it’s the work of a few minutes. I did mine with colored pencil and it was the most time consuming part of this little sketch.
Here’s the finished sketch and below, the entire sequence to date. The instructions for artists on this one indicated we could use one or 2 pages, our choice. I opted for one page since I have had a LOT going on this month and want to get something done in my own sketchbook this week as well.
A big part of this project is encouraging people to work across the page boundaries to build continuity between images, so I thought I’d try it this month. I’m moderately satisfied with that aspect of the work, but I hope that the next person to work in this book can integrate my image further with theirs.
I have the November’s journal in my possession already and I can see that even with the same artists immediately preceding me, each book is taking on a character all its own that begins with the original illustration. It’s fascinating to watch the images build upon one another as they march across the pages and to see how different the sketches are month to month from the same artists due to being inspired by that original image and subsequent entries.