Soon to launch :: Sketchbook Stories – A Page in the life of an Artist

I’m taking Holly Becker, from decor8, Blogging Your Way e-course. I’d recommend it to anyone that wants to improve their blogging. It’s less about the technical act of blogging and more about your content and what you want to say and how to say it in a way that’s your own.

Up to this point my blogging has not been very consistent and to be honest it’s been a little too self serving. Pretty much I was just posting  on my blog when I was about to send out a newsletter, so I would have a place to point people to see my new work. I want it to be more consistent and authentic. My new tagline and my underling objective of my blog is to give an honest and real account of “living the life creative”. Exactly what that means, I’m still figuring out. But one thing I do know is, that I absolutely love and can’t get enough of seeing how other artist work. I’m fascinated by what inspires other artists, what type of reference they use if any, how they work-out their concepts from the first round of thumbnail sketched to final sketched and finishes. I find the process magical, and I love seeing how it all evolves and unfolds.

So I have this idea to start a weekly column that would showcase the artist process by showing their inspiration, sketches and then final finishes.

I’m calling my new column Sketchbook Stories, a page in the life of                      (fill in the blank with the name of the artist being featured) Here is a example of what the column headers will look like:

I could really use some help in getting it off the ground. So if you are an artist and would like to be featured in Sketchbook Stories email me at cindyann@blupenny.com

The things I would need are:

  • a picture of you. (preferably in a square crop)
  • pictures of your inspiration (really this can be anything that inspired this piece of artwork)
  • pictures of your sketches
  • pictures of your final art
  • if you have any pictures of your art used on products that would be a lovely added bonus
  • and of course if there was anything additional you wanted to note about the project process or artwork.
  • and a link to your website or blog

What do you guys think? Are you game? ;-)



  1. Ivy

    Hi Cindy! Fellow BYW student here and I love this whole idea. I will be excited to see who you interview. I love seeing artists' sketchbooks. Good luck!

  2. Kelly

    Can't wait to see this column unfold — I always love seeing other people's processes. It's so inspiring!

  3. I think this is a wonderful idea and I'll definitely be back to see how it evolves. I am not really an artist, yet anyway lol, but I love to see inside an artists creative life and how they get to their finished artwork. Can't wait to read these!

    Btw, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I just love Blogging your way and all the wonderful bloggers I've met through taking this course. Hope you are enjoying it too.

  4. Very cool idea! I love seeing how other artists' work evolves and their process. I'm certain this will become a very popular blog posting topic for you. All the artists I know love watching how other artists bring forth their ideas. I'm game! I'd love to participate!

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