September 18, 2011

SKETCHTRAVEL – the luckiest sketchbook in the world

Filed under: Out of Picture — Mike @ 11:12 pm

For the last five years, a sketchbook has been making it’s way around the world passed from one artist’s hand to the next, in the hope that it would one day be auctioned off to benefit people in need somewhere on the planet. Now that it is filled with the work of no less than Hayao Miazaki, Peter de Sève, Carter Goodrich, Rebecca Dautremer, Bill Plympton, Carlos Nine, Enrico Casarosa, Greg Couch, and dozens upon dozens more, it will be sold to the highest bidder at some huge auction house in Brussels on October 17 and all the proceeds will go to Room to Read to help build a children’s library in Laos! My dearest friends Gerald Guerlais and Daisuke Tsutsumi conceived and orchestrated the entire project, and all their insane hard work is about to pay off. In addition to the auction of this one-of-a-kind sketchbook, a limited number of beautiful reproductions of the book will also be sold to benefit the same cause.

Please visit their website to find out more. It’s an amazing book (I was fortunate enough to hold it in my hands on a couple of occasions to gawk at it in person). You can also find information and interviews with several of the artists on their site as well.

Click here to see an animated short about the project. It’s a lot of fun.

This is was contribution to SKETCHTRAVEL…

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