US Launch of Sketchtravel Printed Book
Book Signing and a Toast with Artists Celebrating International Charity Project
Launched in 2006 by Pixar artist Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi and French illustrator Gerald Guerlais, Sketchtravel is a unique international charity art project. The original sketchbook travelled the world for 4 ½ years, passed person-to-person by 72 leading artists in the fields of Illustration, Animation and Comic Art. Each artist contributed a drawing, with the completed book sold at auction for charity. This was followed by a published version of the book, to make the art available to the public and to continue to charitable effort… but the published book has only been available in Europe.
Sketchtravel’s story continues when the published hardcover book makes its United States debut, celebrated by an artists’ signing on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 6:00-9:45 PM hosted by the CTN Animation Expo at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. The signing is co-hosted by Stuart Ng Books, first in the US to import the book and specialists in Illustration, Animation and Comic Art, as featured on MSNBC’s “Your Business” in 2010.
The published Sketchtravel book reproduces all the artwork of the original in a beautiful hardcover format. A portion of the royalties for the book benefit Room to Read, an international non-profit. The signing will also raise additional donations.
Contributors attending the signing include: Andrea Blasich; Alexandra Boiger; Lorelay Bove; Catia Chien; Peter de Sève; Paul Felix; Benoit Le Pennec; and Charles Solomon (writer).
The original Sketchtravel sketchbook was a travelling museum containing the personal visions of artists ranging from European sensations Juanjo Guarnido, Carlos Nine and Pierre Alary; to American artists James Jean, Peter de Sève, Carter Goodrich; to film artists Disney legend Glen Keane, Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, Academy Award winner Frederic Back, and animation icon Hayao Miyazaki.
Auctioned on Oct 17th in Brussels, the original book helped raise nearly $100,000 for Room to Read. This charity focused on child literacy was a fitting choice of the Sketchtravel founders. Room to Read programs build school libraries and work to facilitate gender equality in education for children in developing countries.
The Sketchtravel venture combines the old-school traditions of hand-drawn illustration, publishing, and bookselling with the new-world order of social media. The project continues to be followed on Facebook, Twitter, through videos on the web at Sketchtravel.tv and on various blogs.
Confirmed Artists are:
Benoit Le Pennec
Pete de Seve