Sketchtravel is an art “travel” book from Daisuke Tstusumi and Gerald Gurelais.

“Dice” was a former art director for companies like Blue Sky and Pixar and currently co-owner of  Tonko House, a indy animation studio which launched “The Dam Keeper“.

Daisuke has deep roots in the illustration and animation industries and wanted to leverage those contacts with his friend Gerald Guerlais to create an international charity art project that would travel around the world and be passed around to notable artists and illustrators like the Olympic torch.

Each artist can use whatever medium and subject for their pages in the book but they must eventually be able to pass the book down to another artist.

71 illustrators, animators and comic book artists, including artists such as Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Hayao Miyazaki contributed to the book.

The project culminated in an auction of the original book in Brussels on October 17, 2011 and the proceeds from the book’s publication were donated to the international literacy non-profit, Room to Read.

Title: Sketchtravel
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: August 15, 2012
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 customer reviews on Amazon)

Amazon review:

Sketchtravel is an artistic journey unlike any other. No editorial project has ever before brought together as many visual artists around a common object.

Passed between 72 artists over 5 years and across over 35,000 miles, the Sketchtravel sketchbook showcases the creativity of artists in numerous disciplines from around the world. Illustrators, animators, painters, and more each illustrated a page with their unique style before passing the book to the next artist.

Reflecting a who’s who of popular contemporary artists, this imaginative diverse collection of artwork will inspire art lovers with its scope, diversity, and beauty, much as it did each artist who contributed a link in its chain.

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