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Sketchtravel – around the world, one sketch at a time

By on March 31, 2015

Sketch travelThe premise behind Sketchtravel, a unique art project undertaken by Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi and Gerald Guerlais, is both straightforward and ambitious.

In September of 2006, the two artists thought of sharing a sketchbook with their friends, colleagues and other illustrators – a total of 71 of them all over the world.

What happened next probably exceeded their initial expectations. This red sketchbook literally traveled from one artist to the next; a trip that crossed 12 countries and lasted for 5 years.

Sample artworks in the Sketchbook. L-R: by Greg Couch and Carlos Nine.

Sample artworks in the Sketchbook. L-R: by Greg Couch and Carlos Nine.

I knew about Sketchtravel only after my friends and I won the book as one of the prizes in a local trivia quiz. When it was finally my turn to browse through it, I was awed by the masterpieces of each artist. Each page wonderfully captured the genius of its respective creator. The sketches/drawings/paintings/illustrations also differ in style, color and technique. Everything is almost random but you could still sense a common story woven in each.

sketch travel - jerome opena

There’s also a Filipino in the mix by the way. Jerome Opeña, a successful comic book artist, drew a eerily spectacular robot in one spread.

Hayao Miyazaki (of Spirited Away and Ponyo fame) then capped off the collection with an image of a plane in flight, a fitting conclusion to Sketchtravel’s very interesting and very long journey.

sketch travel - hayao miyazaki

To say that Sketchtravel is a ‘beautiful compilation,’ would be a gross understatement however. It is definitely that of course, but what Daisuke, Gerald and all the other artists came up was also mind-blowing, staggering and awesome at the same time.

In October 17, 2011, the original Sketchbook was sold to an anonymous buyer for a whooping $97,160. Nine signed sketchbooks rounded the total amount to $105,488. The proceeds of the auction went to Room to Read. It was used to build children’s libraries in Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

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    Kim Halasan

    April 2, 2015

    We should do this. I miss scribbling on paper.

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      April 2, 2015

      Why not Kim? 🙂

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    April 4, 2015

    Very nice 😀


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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