So I altered my sketchbook from its original format - partially to save me some time, and partially because moleskine journal paper is thin and not exactly good for painting on. (I tried pencil and markers and just wasn't feeling it. Paint! I haven't painted in ages. What a perfect excuse to pick it up again.) I ripped out all the pages and rebound it with a little brown paper accordion, drastically reducing the # pages that preventing a total meltdown. Crucial move.
The theme that I chose when I signed up was "a face in the crowd," and I interpreted that as loosely as possible. My book contains faces, but it's really more about the weather and how I was completely fed up with our dismal Pacific Northwest winter at that time. Not super deep subject matter here, but it was fun and loose and got me to pick up a brush, so that's all that matters!
I'll share a few pages, but if you want to see the whole thing along with tons of other awesome work, I recommend trying to catch the traveling show if it comes to a city near you. Check out the current tour stops here. (Seattle! June 10-12, 2011!)
Overall, I had a blast pulling this together and only wish that I had given myself some more time to relax with my sketchbook a bit. I did get a little fussy with it. But it was a good exercise and well worth it. For more info, check out Art House Co-op, the folks who run this whole huge project and then some.