Skip to main content
Buy TET Life art on Skateboards and more. etourist Skateboards Store.

My Submission to The Sketchbook Project Housed by The Brooklyn Art Library

The Cartoon World of
The Extraordinary Tourist
Act One - 1982-1995.
If you're looking for an opportunity to leave some small legacy of your art behind, or just looking for another place to get eyeballs on your work then The Sketchbook Project by The Brooklyn Art Library may be of interest to you.

The Brooklyn Art Library is a crowdfunded library of artist sketchbooks that anyone can join. Their focus is on creating a collection of physical art that viewers can interact with. The collection is made up of literally thousands of sketchbooks submitted by artists of all levels worldwide.

You can physically go to the library in Brooklyn to view the collection. A selection of books are toured around the USA each year, and artists also have the option to digitize their sketchbooks for people to view online.

The Brooklyn Art Library is home to more than
45,000 sketchbooks.
Photo: The Brooklyn Art Library Website.

It is a bit of a vanity project since the artists themselves have to purchase a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back, with additional cost if you want to digitize your book too. After that it's a life of warm fuzzy feels as the library will send you a notification every time your book is viewed.

That aside, it's not expensive (buying a sketchbook could make a great gift for an artist in your life perhaps?) and it is kind of cool to let people know you contributed to a project that serves as a unique source of inspiration and discovery for thousands of people worldwide.

At the time I came across the project I'd started sketching for 10-15 minutes daily in my sketchbook, just to get in a bit of regular drawing practice. I thought, instead of sketching in my sketchbook, why not buy one of the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbooks and fill that up? I'd get my drawing practice and, with no extra effort, I'd create some art to send out into the world.

That was the plan but when the sketchbook arrived I thought the book might be a cool way to document some of my early cartoon characters, like my 15 year old self started to do back in 1985.

So that's what I did. However, I didn't want to spend hours creating finished pieces of art on every page because, if I had, there's a good chance I'd abandon the project as too time consuming. I tried to embrace the idea that this is a sketchbook and created each composition on the page, with no preliminary planning sketching, and using biro pens - which is what I use for my daily practice sketching.

All of the drawings are completely new renditions based upon my original cartoons and character design sketches (I'm a hoarder of my old art so I have all that stuff stored away). I tried to keep them pretty faithful to how I drew the characters back in the day.

For drawings like 'The Gang' I used online
group photo posing references to help
plan my composition.
While all of the characters and scenes were drawn without any preliminary planning sketches, I did look up reference images on the internet. Particularly for how to pose groups of people for a photo, to help me position my characters in more naturally, and give me less chance of running out of space.

As it turned out some of the pages took far longer to draw than anticipated. I think the longest took about three hours not including finding my original artwork and sourcing any reference images for posing the characters. By the last few pages it was getting to be a bit of a grind but I managed to see it through and complete my book.

It took me a while to decide on a title. In the end I went with the obvious but completely accurate "The Cartoon World of The Extraordinary Tourist, Act One - 1982-1995".

The years covered range from when I first showed signs of wanting to draw cartoons specifically, to about the time I pretty much stopped my single focus of ever being a professional cartoonist of the likes of Jim Davis (Garfield) or Charles Schultz (Peanuts).

From 1995 onward I just thought of myself as an artist and writer, with leanings towards being a Fine Artist of sorts (that's 'Fine Artist' as in the type of artist that creates work for gallery display, public art etc).

If you would like just a brief glance at the whole diary I made a mock up video showing all the pages below. It's less than a minute long.



To get a better look at each page, embeded below is my Flickr album of my entire sketchbook. For an extended look at each page, along with images of my original artwork from back in the day, and a more complete description of my life at the time check out my Instagram Posts.

To participate in The Sketchbook Project (or one of their other projects), or to browse the digital library of over 20,000 sketchbooks, visit The Brooklyn Art Library website.

If you're interested to find my sketchbook in the library it is part of volume 16. Submissions for this volume close on August 15, 2020. So if it's not yet available, that will be why (I do know the digital version will not be available until after this date).

The Sketchbook Project by The Brooklyn Art Library Vol 16

Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Jo's new Art Studio/Conservatory. Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog,  Creating My Oddessey . Y ou should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse. We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against -

Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Onesie #Sadbatman

Although we haven't seen it clearly for sure, film director Kevin Smith (who has seen a well lit, color photo of the suit), says Ben Affleck's Bat costume is pretty much identical to the Frank Miller, Dark Knight Returns suit. If that's true then Ben's world weary Batman will be going 'old school' and be wearing his underpants on the outside (as he should).

Course Review: YouTube for Bosses - Sunny Lenarduzzi. How to grow your YouTube Channel into a Business

YouTube for Bosses Free Mug...  or the most expensive mug  you'll ever buy? I've been subscribed to  Sunny Lenarduzzi's YouTube channel for a few years, learning a lot on how to grow a following on sites like YouTube and Instagram. If you have any interest in growing your own YouTube channel I'd highly recommend watching some of Sunny's videos on the subject.  Definitely explore her 2019 back catalogue for the most useful information. This year she's been on a bit of a 'being authentic' pivot that, personally, doesn't resonate all that much with me (but probably speaks volumes to anyone with similar experience). I'm not saying she shouldn't or isn't being authentic, it's just I didn't subscribe to hear stories about her life journey. To get back on track, Sunny runs a successful online business with her flagship course, YouTube for Bosses , a stand alone paid course that does act as something of a gateway to further paid (but opt

One Week on Light n' Easy #lightneasy

My partner, Enigma, and I recently decided to try Light n' Easy to replace all our daily meals in an effort to eat healthier (and not have to think at all about cooking evening meals). Enigma is about to embark on her third week of their full menu but I caved after one and opted just to get the dinners.

Book Review: Time Rich by Steve Glaveski

I remember listening to a podcast interview with Steve Glaveski where he talked about 'being in flow' and how artists and other creative people struggled with time management because they needed to be in the 'flow state' to do their most creative work. The 'flow state' is basically being on such a roll with whatever you're doing you don't want to stop just because your diary says you've scheduled something else for the next 30 minutes. I don't remember too much from the podcast but it really resonated with me so much that I immediately ordered a copy of Steve's second book, Time Rich - Do Your Best Work, Live Your Best Life  that he was promoting at the time. To cut straight to the bottom line, probably one of the most disappointing books I've read in quite a while. Which is not to say the content is bad, it's just the title and blurb information, in my opinion, completely misrepresents what the book is about. There is a strong sugges

Movie Review: Long Story Short (2021) *Very minor spoilers*

Written and directed by Australian actor, Josh Lawson, Long Story Short is a fun rom-com about putting things off until the 'right' time and maybe how that isn't a good strategy for life. Rafe Spall plays Teddy, a guy who has a reputation for putting things off, and waiting too long to act on important decisions like setting a wedding date to his fiance, Leanne (Zahra Newman). It's not that he's lazy or unmotivated, it's just that he likes to wait for the perfect time to act. One day while visiting his father's grave he meets a strange woman (Noni Hazlehurst) who promises to give him a gift on his wedding day. Teddy doesn't think too much of it but then, on his wedding day, he jumps forward a year in time, where Leanne is celebrating their one year wedding anniversary. Teddy barely has time to comprehend his predicament before he flashes forward to their two year anniversary. Long Story Short inevitably will be compared to the Bill Murray movie, Ground

The Braille Skateboarding App - How it Changed My Mind on Switch Skating

My Profile on the Braille Skateboarding App. Braille Skateboarding launched it's new Skateboarding App worldwide on November 23rd, 2020. About a month prior to that they did a 'soft launch' via email for anyone living in Australia. I'm guessing this was to give the app a final test in the real world before launching it proper. Rather than explain what it is, watch Aaron Kyro, founder of Braille Skateboarding, run you through the app in the launch video below.  In a nutshell the app is virtually everything Braille has to offer accessed right from your phone, from tutorials to the Braille Army Community. The app is free but you can unlock more features if you upgrade to a paid membership. Braille App Trick List. One of the apps unique free features is keeping track of the tricks you've learned and giving you an overall score so you have some way to measure your progression. There is an extensive list of tricks, covering all types of skateboarding, categorized by diff