Tara Roskell: The Sketchbook Relay 2016

It started with ten little A5 sketchbooks which I sent to artists in the UK, USA, France, Finland and Belgium and the relay began. Each artist created a page of art in their own unique style and then decided who they would send their sketchbook on to for the next leg of its relay. Then much to my delight, artist Eve Bluefoot from Germany created her own Sketchbook and added it to the Relay.

Pam Vale, East Greenwich, RI, United States

Pam Vale, East Greenwich, RI, United States

Jaana Halme, Anjala, Finland

Jaana Halme, Anjala, Finland

The aim is that the sketchbooks will be filled and then sold to raise money for charity. The group will decide on the charity with an ongoing poll. One of the exciting things is not knowing where the sketchbooks will go next and what style of art will be created. Australia is the furthest afield from their staring point so far. 

Once each artist has created a page they share it in the Sketchbook Relay Facebook Group, although I think we may have some extra pieces that some artists have been a little too shy to share. I can't help but get a buzz when I get an alert that a new piece of art has been added. The diversity of styles is amazing.

Eve Bluecoat,  Bochum, Germany

Eve Bluecoat,  Bochum, Germany

Mair Perkins, Derby, UK

Mair Perkins, Derby, UK

Anyone can join the Sketchbook Relay Group whether they are a lover of art or an artist, professional or amateur. If you want to join in you can ask in the group if anyone has a sketchbook to pass on or start your own with some downloadable bits I have created.

Julie Read, Edinburgh, UK

Julie Read, Edinburgh, UK

Leena Raussi, Kouvola, Suomi Finland

Leena Raussi, Kouvola, Suomi Finland

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Tara Roskell lives in a world where cartoons are cool and creativity is king. Tara is a freelance graphic designer who has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years, for both national and international companies. Her experience encompasses branding, literature, package design, and exhibitions. She also has a successful logo design video course with nearly 10,000 students.

When she’s not freelancing, Tara can be found scribbling cartoon ideas in her sketchbook, reading books on creative thinking, walking the dog or practising her not-so-high kicks learnt in her karate lessons. Tara’s cartoons are inspired by both her imagination and real life events, though she is not prepared to admit which is which.