Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The End! Last Pages of my Sketchbook Project

So bittersweet. These are my last pages and post of my Sketchbook Project 2011.  To read this story from the beginning, please visit my flickr set.

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Cover
Back Cover
Whew! Heck yeah!! I did it! I filled every single page of this sketchbook. I can't believe I spent half a year on this. I want to give a BIG thank you to those of you who came back every Tuesday to support and encourage me. Not only does it provide the energy I needed to continue but also a bit of comfort with the struggle I've been going through.

Things I've learned from this sketchbook project:

-I'm capable of being a storyteller.
-Deadlines are my friends.
-Slow and steady wins the race. Consistency is key.
-There is great power in telling the truth.
-People share similar experiences.

There were thoughts about continuing my comic after this. But right now, I sincerely need a break, as this book took up alot more of my time than I would of liked. There are lots of other personal projects that need my attention, and I would like to finish them.

Comics are still in my future because I still have alot more to say. But for now, time to wrap things up and send this baby back to Art House Co-Op!

34 comments:

tartan baffies said...

I'd like to say a big thank you for sharing your story, I loved it.

Laura Zarrin said...

You did an amazing job! I've really enjoyed reading this book. You should be so proud! Love the afterward & covers, too.

sassypackrat said...

I'll miss reading your sketchbook! I've enjoyed it very much. I laughed out loud at the drawing of you and your hubs wearing puffy coats!!!! Ah Midwest Winters!

Tracy Bishop said...

Yay, Jannie! Congratulations on finishing this amazing project. It's such a HUGE accomplishment. And thank you for taking us all along in your comic journey.

Sweet Pea said...

You did it! Good for you :) It has been so fun following your story and yes, you ARE a storyteller :)

Loni Edwards said...

Congrats Jannie! Yes, I felt the same way when I mailed mine off. You should feel very proud on a job well done! :)

Angela Matteson said...

I loved the matching puffy coats!!! A fitting end to a wonderfully told tale of your midwest adventures. I've really enjoyed following along. Thank you for sharing your journal with us.

Nina Crittenden said...

I enjoyed your sketchbook so much and will miss it! It was SO fun learning more about you, thank you for sharing your journey with us! I will wear my puffy coat with pride! Way to go, Jannie!!!

Starlene said...

wow...you are impressive!

Diandra Mae said...

Congrats on finishing! I agree with everyone. You did a great job, and I think the behind-the-scenes, afterward and fortune cookie were genius!

-Denver said...

'Grats Jannie! Even though you're done with comics at the moment, please say you're still gonna come hang out with us at the Forum!?! We missed you Sunday!

Jerzy Drozd said...

Congratulations, Jannie! And thank you for the kind words at the end. Can't wait to see more comics from you! :D

Redheaded Stepchild said...

Congrats - I really enjoyed reading this every week! And I love what you did for the covers! I'll miss those puffy-coat-wearing chickens!

crystal driedger said...

Wonderful, perfect finish. I felt a little sad, wanted to clone you so you could live in both places.

I know what you mean about not wanting to sketch (finish your comic, continue on yet, etc) anymore, for awhile. It's draining, and my sketchbook took way too much of my life up.

I loved your story. If you ever get around to it, I'm sure B&W copies of it made on a photocopier would sell like hotcakes to all of us illustrator friend geeking out on your new found skill.

Goomie said...

I'm a little sad that the story is over. Thanks for sharing your sketchbook!

Erika said...

You are a writer. Dont ever question that. A little sad your written story is over but I hope you still share how you grow together in your new surroundings. Bravo!

Nina Seven said...

BRAVO! Great job on this, Jannie! I really enjoyed reading it every week and following along with your journey.

andrie said...

Great post. I like it. you are very creative

zime said...

AMAZING Jannie!! You must fill another book!!
You are so talented on comics, please don't hesitate and continues!!

Sue Pownall (aka travelingsuep) said...

Congratulations on completing your sketchbook and so beautifully.

Mr. McClain said...

Groovy Jannie. Glad you were able to finish the sketchbook. I don't remember how I ended up on your site, but I am surprised at the common threads between us (uh-oh... stalker), Jerzey (though I haven't taken his workshop), Illustration Friday, the Sketchbook Project and there was one other thing...
Anyway, nice work and keep it up!

Diana Evans said...

oh my heavens!!! you did an awesome job Jannie!!! what a great book!!!this will be a huge hit!!!

Congrats on getting your sketchbook all complete!!! I know when I participated a few years back..it was a huge project!!!

Julia Mark said...

I just finished my sketchbook Project today! It's satisfying isn't it? Congrats on completing it and following through with a whole story. I just came across your blog, so now I'll have to peruse your blog to catch up on your story.

lil kim said...

Hi Jannie! Happy New Year!

Congrats on finishing your sketchbook! What a work! And a wonderful journey, and a great way to explore a new format for you.

I finished mine a few days ago, but feel I really rushed through the end :-( ANyway, will post about it soon.

Kristin Dudish said...

Yay! Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment :)

The addition of the fortune at the end was a very cool touch.

xo
Kristin

p.s. I just finished mine too... phew!

life without novacaine said...

AWESOME Jannie! It is fabulous!

miremari said...

this project is great and I was addicted to it!
thank you jannie for it! I hope to see another one!
bye!

Kay Aker said...

Wahhh! I don't want it to stop!

Lisa M Griffin said...

What an accomplishment... great job!

Frizz said...

i'm going to miss reading these - you did a great job with this.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is like the best!!!! Congrats to you. I love it.

Mari said...

Great sketchbook! Hope you are enjoying Michigan and finding new friends here, too!

Susanna Porob said...

Hey Jannie! I'm a bit late, but just had to say CONGRATULATIONS on seeing it through. Your fan always.

KristinS said...

Hey Jannie--Got a peek into your sketchbook and I love what you've done. Congratulations on a great accomplishment!