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SFG Blank Book Project?

The SFG Blank Book Project is a traveling sketchbook created collaboratively by Jeff Andrews and Steph Doyle.

For approximately 500 days, the sketchbook will travel from Washington DC to 50 illustrators around the world. Once the book arrives, each illustrator has 7 days to complete a sketch and send the book on to the next illustrator. The book will reach its final destination approximately mid-December, 2008.

The theme for this inaugural book is, "Where I Live." We hope to launch a second book project at the begining of the new year

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Allan Lorde - Winnipeg Goodness

Another "cool" email from the great white north is sent my way. This time from Allan Lorde, our 17th participant to grace the blank book with his work.

Allan sent me a few pictures that tell a short story of the blank book's chilling journey of Winnipeg. First off is the image of Allan handing over the book to Jeope Wolfe. Once the book arrived, Allan immediately handed it off to Jeope. This afforded Jeope the time he needed to participate in this project. Once finished, Jeope then returned the book to Allan. Now Allan has a shot at doing his thing with the Blank Book. Get it? I hope so, because I don't think I could type it in any other way.

Next we see Allan and his lovely Fiancée in front of the historic Forks market. The BBP Box looks like it is handling the frigid temps rather nicely.

And finally, here is a small section, or teaser shot, of Allan's work in the blank book.

Allan writes:

Hey there! It took me a while to figure out what aspect of Winnipeg life I wanted to depict in my portion of the SFG Blank Book. In the end, I had to go with Winter, not only because I love it, but also because of how the season is practically inseparable from any discussion about this prairie city.

Unflagging spirit during the harshest of conditions is part of Winnipeg's character. My fiancée and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary as a couple this weekend, so I had the book a little longer than I had planned. Hopefully, it'll reach Matt with much speed!

Thanks again for having me involved! This has been fun.

The book is right on schedule and we thank our good neighbors to the north for their awesome participation.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jeope Wolfe - Prairie City Chillin'

Jeope Wolfe sent in his images this morning and I have to say they are very cool! No pun intended.

Jeope let me know that he and Allan Lorde have The Good Book in their clutches. It arrived this past weekend. Jeope finished up his portion of it last night, and has now passed over to Allan to complete and ship when he's done.

Here is a small portion, or teaser shot of Jeope's illustration:

Jeope writes:

Greetings, followers of the Good (Sketch) Book!

This is me atop a balcony of the building I work at, the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre in Manitoba, Canada. It's a fine place to be three seasons of the year birds, nature, endless prairie skies but you've caught me in the dead of winter so it's more like The Shining right now (this photo was taken when it was -30°C). So the illustration I did entirely indoors, 'natch. My wife posed for some reference photos, bundled in her deep-winter best, but ironically we did the shoot in the living room."

Great shots Jeope. I'm sure Allan's stuff is going to be just as "cool."

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Pati Montero de Cabana - Montreal, CA

The Blank Book has crossed the border to the north into Montreal, Canada and into the hands of Pati Montero de Cabana. Pati sent me some great shots of herself with the BBP Box in front of Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Even with all the lovely snow and frigid temperatures, the BBP Box somehow manages to stay hot.

Below is a small section of Pati's illustration now gracing the pages of the blank book.

Pati writes:

I've only known Montreal for six months. Sometimes it seems like Babel to me, as everyday I can share different aspects of my life with people from around the world. I heart that.

My favorite part of the island is the Mount Royal from which the city took its name. There is a big park with a terrific view of Montreal and people have fun each time of the year, mostly in winter, when it's the time for playing in the ice/snow.

This is quite a discovery to me, as is it the first time I can actually touch the snow. There is snow in Venezuela, but not as much as here and definitely not in Maracaibo, the city where I come from. So, I'm like a little kid amazed by winter and amused as a result of the impression it causes on people that have had winter during their whole lives.

That's why all I illustrate recently has some snow to show.

Well Steph, I'm almost done. This is my text and now you have the teaser shot. If you need anything else, please let me know. Thank you for letting me be part of this. I'll say goodbye to the book tomorrow. I'm going to miss him.

The book is now on it's way to Allan Lorde and Jeope Wolfe in Winnepeg, Manitoba, CA. They will working together on their submission.

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