Big Trip 2010: Volumes 1-4 in full

December 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

Here are the first four volumes from my Big Trip in one blog post!. Click on the combo images to see in higher resolution – or click through to Issuu to flip through the full sketchbook.


Volume 1: Seattle – Portland

This represents the first 10 days (of my 80 days around the world) – time in Seattle with friends and then the Symposium.

Click on the image above or here to view a flippable version in Issuu.

During my trip this was the least favourite of my sketchbooks. I think the main reason is because I wasn’t in control of what I sketched as much as I was for the rest of the trip (when with my friends in Seattle we were VERY busy and sometimes didn’t have the time to sketch what I would have liked(still managed something tho!) and at the symposium I was sketching things I might not normally choose to sketch.)

BUT since coming home, finishing off a few pages that I didn’t like, adding some notes and collage and generally re-living the excitement of the Symposium etc I have become a lot more attached to it. There are numerous stuck in pages – these don’t translate very well on Issuu. I did TRY the special USK moleskine but it wasn’t working for me, hence you will see that I cut the pages out of the book and stuck them in here.


Volume 2:  Portland – Kansas City – NYC

On a long trip like mine, the first Volume is a kind of a warm up. This, my second (of 8) sketchbooks, marks the start of a true liz-type-adventure… trying to do a LOT and sketching as much as possible….plus a number of meetings with online friends.

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Volume 3:  NYC – Edinburgh – Isle of Lewis

Volume 3 … where I left the US for Scotland and ended up on the Isle of Lewis where my sister had just moved. Quite a different feel to some of these pages and it was good to do some more landscapes – I am definitely more comfortable doing urban landscapes…sometimes I was a bit over ambitious and I am happier with the small quick ones I did! I just loved Lewis and Harris and it was such an amazing contrast from NYC!

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Volume 4:  Isle of Lewis – Glasgow – Newcastle upon Tyne

Lots of Scottish castles, hills and the occasional(!?!) tearoom or cup of tea and scone!

This is book represents 2 weeks worth of sketching (as opposed to my usual 1-1.5 weeks)… so really ‘slow going’ for me!

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