the wise owl – limited edition sketchbook

19 May

It’s been over two weeks since I completed and sent in my Art House Co-op Limited Edition Sketchbook Project. Can’t believe I haven’t been able to share it on the blog yet… the spring is flying by so fast! For those of you who don’t know about Art House Co-op, or two of their previous projects that I participated in, then you may want to check out these links here or you can view or purchase my zines of them here. They are a fantastic organization that puts together great international collaborative projects. This most recent endeavour was a spin on their classic yearly project, except this time there was a limited amount of participants (only 5000) hence the name, “Limited Edition.” The L.E. project will be publishing a book about this special twist of the classic collaborative exhibition. The bound volume promises to feature at least one spread from each of the 5000 artists’ sketchbooks. I am looking forward to getting my copy, reading through all of the creativity, and attempting to spot both my submission as well as some friends’ entires. The theme I selected for my book was “Pictures & Descriptions,” simply because it was open ended and thus would allow me the opportunity to create pretty much anything when my idea or inspiration hit me. When I finally sat down and focused on the project, the theme influenced my intentions for the book far more than I had originally intended for it to. Of course I was going to draw animals, as I always do, but first I had to think about my direction for the book. As I pondered on the idea of “Pictures & Descriptions” the notion of a dictionary just kept coming back to me: simple illustrations with eloquent details about entities, actions and adjectives. The dictionary notion distilled further into thoughts about knowledge, book smarts, and wisdom. Naturally I thought of the owl: a symbol of insight, wisdom, intensity, spirituality and knowledge. As my ideas filtered further, I selected one word from each letter of that alphabet that related to the owl. The final thing I might add, before sharing my results, is that I didn’t approach my book traditionally… I created one large scale piece that folds down into the cover. The piece was made on a thick rag paper called magnani, and the entire image was done in graphite (even all of the dictionary descriptions are handwritten in pencil). Essentially my intention was to have a beautiful portrait of a wise owl spreading his impressive wings, while all of these dictionary pages that describe him, float up and surround him. Intrigued yet? Below is my sketchbook’s journey, including some progress & detail shots as well as final full view photos: And finally, here is my limited edition sketchbook in video form: As always, I very much appreciate your thoughts, reactions & feedback, so don’t be too shy to leave a comment, I would love to know what you think of the wise owl.

16 Responses to “the wise owl – limited edition sketchbook”

  1. Marcus 19/05/2012 at 15:25 #

    Oh my god that is one of the most beautiful of your creations EVER! I am so proud of you!! I wish I could see it in person . Can’t wait to see what you make next my friend!!

  2. Wonderfully creative and gorgeous detail. Thanks for sharing the finished piece!

  3. Jeannine | SaylorMade 19/05/2012 at 20:44 #

    I LOVE your take on the theme and manipulation of material.

  4. Fishes Make Wishes 19/05/2012 at 23:33 #

    Amazing! love the handwritten part, at first I though it was dictionary pages cut and glued together but you really made it extra special by writing it yourself. And the owl is simply magnificent. Excellent work!

  5. Anna Jane Searle 20/05/2012 at 03:42 #

    This is so impressive. Its now one of my fav pieces of yours!!!!! It is STUNNING. I love seeing the progression of how this book was made too.

  6. Jules Young (@muddleduck) 20/05/2012 at 07:57 #

    I’m in complete awe…..this is so incredibly amazing and I’m now going to have to try and get my hands on a copy of this book that will be coming out!! Well done you!! I love it :) x

  7. mandala56 22/05/2012 at 09:05 #

    Really great idea. I don’t draw that way, but I use old dictionary pages, and you’ve given me a few ideas. Nice work!

  8. Miss Walker (@Gali_gal) 22/05/2012 at 09:44 #

    I love this, I’m always in awe of your work hun.

  9. Jen D 22/05/2012 at 11:12 #

    Beautiful work miss, I would love to chat about your process some day!

  10. Carney Oudendag 25/05/2012 at 14:48 #

    Some say “there is nothing new under the sun” but Jessica, this is boundary breaking work! You are drawing like an old master… Albrecht Durer, Da Vinci!! Only you’re a young chick…who knows what will lie ahead in your work when you are producing this, now! Bravo!


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