The Black Book Project
Latest Update June 16, 2021
What is this project?
This collaborative body of work includes artists from across the globe in one digital Journal with Sketchable App. The Black Book Project encourages artists to push the boundaries of their creativity and also influence each other, having only connected digitally across the internet.
The idea began in the Sketching and Drawing Discord,(now with over 300 members) and in discussions in the live streams on Behance while drawing with Sketchable App on the Surface Pro. Someone threw out the idea, someone else seconded it, then others added their enthusiasm for it and finally I said: Let's do it!
And when I asked the Sketchable Team about it, they were excited to see the art from artists around the world!
Why did we adjust the Journal exchange later
As we began the Project and exchanged the original Journal, we found out real quick how large the file size will grow as each new drawing is added to the Journal. The Sketchable team told me that would be a problem and I thought that somehow we could make it work.
By the time the Journal was picked up by the fifth artist, the Journal was over 3GB and not very easy to open in most systems! I tried opening a Journal from Prestonification with my Surface and an error notification showed up: Not Enough Memory!
So the Sketchable Team was correct. Exchanging the same Journal would be a problem. Solution: Fresh new journal for all artists.
If you need that Journal template, here it is:
Open in the Sketchable App and start drawing!
Where are we on the project
So far we have over ten drawings already completed and they look amazing! I am sharing each page in the Pass the Black Book IG page. https://www.instagram.com/passtheblackbook/
With this email, I am following up with artists who choose the dates when they would have time to draw their page. Let me know in case you are ready to work on yours.
Where are we going
I don't know. Actually I do know but I am writing out ideas that we can explore later. For now, I started an IG account where each week we share a page from the project.
Eventually I think we can see this art in an online art exhibit, a book, some postcards, the possibilities are endless!
First step is to complete as much art as possible. Which leads me to the next subject:
Who Owns the Art?
I have curated countless art shows starting in the late 1990's, yup. A long time ago. This is the first project that is digital and worldwide. We will check in with each other every step of the way.
You have a right to use the art created for this project however you choose. It is yours to do what you please. I only ask that you share with the hashtag so we can also re-share and celebrate your art skills. #PassTheBlackBook
Send me your Sketchable Art!!!
If you are drawing with Sketchable now, and would like to have your art shared by Sketchable, then please send it to me! firstname.lastname@example.org and Sketchable will share it on IG, FB and Twitter. Please include your social media handle.
If you are ready to tackle your Sketchable Drawing, then download the Journal template here:
Open in the Sketchable App and start drawing!
I started an IG account to also share the artwork in the order it is received, starting with the art we have now and will continue to post once a week, on a Monday, the art from this project.
check it: https://www.instagram.com/passtheblackbook/
Please reach out if you have questions, suggestions or want to hop on Discord and draw together.
Dan Flores - curator
Themes and Prompts
Pick one, or two and combine or come up with your own ideas and start drawing!
Frequently Used Questions
Do I have to join the Discord to be part of this project?
Yes, a lot of useful information and community drawing sessions will happen in the Discord.
Do we need to draw with Sketchable only?
No, you can choose your favorite pixel art app and device to collaborate.
What are the requirements if I want to use a diff app?
You are allowed to use ANY APP or device to draw with.
Your artwork is limited to these tools and measurements only:
Are there Sketchable videos to help me learn?
Yes, check out the Vector Maestros channel on YouTube. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLibU3ZA9hJqf3uMAXzkpTBa2F_b0Y9KG2
Dan, can we draw together?
Yes, send me a message on Discord and we will set up a drawing session for ourselves.
Can I draw NSFW art in this project?
What is the age group for this project?
All ages. If you can use a digital pen or mouse to draw, then you’re in!
Can I share the link to the project with other artists?
Yes, please do!
How long will this project last?
Until we hit 50 pages or 50 artists. In real time, maybe 3-6 months.
How long do I have to draw my page?
How do I know when my turn comes around?
You will get a chance to lock in the three days you want to draw for the project.
Can I start with a sketch on my sketchable journal and import that sketch into the official Journal when it’s my turn?
Yes, great idea. Get some preliminary sketches started now!
Who owns the copyrights to my artwork once I draw in the Sketchable Journal?
The Artist retains all copyrights.
Can I draw Fan Art?
Yes. However, have a second choice ready to go in case copyright becomes a problem later.
I have more questions.
I have the answers: DTM@artisking.org