An inside look at the collaborative sketchbook project

 

Earlier this year, I started a collaborative sketchbook project with my friend Shilpa – you can read all about it {and find tips for doing your own} here.

We called it Land, Sea, Sky, because we would both be working within our local natural environments – Shilpa on London’s Hampstead Heath, and me on the coast in Cornwall.

It proved to be a lovely project during a difficult year, providing a thread of continuity and connection when those two things were harder to come by than usual.

I’ve put together a short video showing the pages of the sketchbook I ended up with, and have shared some of the spreads from both sketchbooks below.

 

Page Spreads

These spreads come from both the sketchbooks. They include some of my favourite pages and memories of filling the sketchbooks out in the wild!

Playing in the sketchbook at a churchyard

Taking a rubbing from an old gravestone in a local churchyard

 

Drawing a leaf, collaborative sketchbook project

Drawing a leaf with watercolours

 

collaborative sketchbook on the beach

Drawing at the beach

 

pages from the collaborative sketchbook project

One of my favourite views of the other sketchbook

 

A true 'Land Sea Sky' spread

A true ‘Land, Sea, Sky’ spread

pages from the collaborative sketchbook project

A fun contrasty spread

pages from the collaborative sketchbook project

A spread that plays with scale

 

pages from the collaborative sketchbook project

Trees featured a lot for both of us!

 

pages from the collaborative sketchbook project

I loved how Shilpa did the unexpected to my blind contour flower drawings here, colouring around them instead of inside them.

 

To find out more about Shilpa, visit her website.
Follow us on Instagram at @taraleaver and @agasheshilpa.
See the development of the sketchbooks in my story highlights here.

 

 

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