04 Aug August is for “The Sketchpack Project”
It is already August. You may have had resolutions to start a diary, draw every day (even though you’re not doing classes anymore), not rush through this year, spend less time online, make time for yourself, work through your issues, sit in the sun, think of impossible things, and not let a whole month pass you by without noticing. But life gets busy. “Gosh,” you think, “It is already August”.
Well, get your excuses ready (I’m still holding tightly to mine) because we’re going on an adventure together: The Sketchpack Project. It’s going to take a little bit of effort.
The Sketchpack Project was started in 2011 with one simple goal: to get people to draw daily. And that is what we are going to do in August 2015. You can draw, doodle, ink, paint or smear your tears artistically. The little sketchpad says that “there are no rules” and I’m sure it is mostly talking about the project and not the wider societal restrictions.
You don’t have to be an artist to take part. This is more about taking the time every day to make a creative statement than it is about making ‘art’. And it is also great to do it at the same time as other people. There is a great community forming on the Facebook group — “The Sketchpack Project” — where people from across South Africa, and even the world, share their daily panel.
If you are in Cape Town, you can buy a Sketchpack from Artsource in Observatory. You can also take the opportunity to look at a few completed sketchpacks on display there. The 10×8.5 cm panels give you a canvas that feels manageable. It comes in different colours and can be given back to Artsource to become part of an exhibition in October.
Be part of this project now before it becomes too mainstream, as I am sure it will, because it is a really amazing project. Make sure to share your panels with us as well if you get creative.