|Front Cover, The Sketchbook Project 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes|
|Pages 76 and 77, The Sketchbook Project 2011|
The imposition of the deadline has created a much needed focus for such a self-indulgent project. I chose to fill all 80 pages of the moleskine sketchbook that was sent to me. The pages of intense architectural landscapes on some pages necessitated brevity and economy of line on other pages. At times of course I wondered why I hadn't just re-bound the book with thicker paper. On reflection however I think the story needed the full 80 pages to unfold and be told.
|Page 78 and 79, The Sketchbook Project 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes|
And so the girl and Cedric learnt how to say 'goodbye' in another new language, but this time they did not leave.
|Page 80 and inside back cover, The Sketchbook Project 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes|
Cedric, as a proud film aficionado, was more than a little afraid. His eyes opened even wider as a mixture of surprise and shock washed over him. However, he visibly relaxed in the girl's arms as she whispered "I just meant, maybe we should just keep going."
I know it is cliched, but this ending is just the beginning of a new journey. The Sketchbook Project 2011 tour kicks off in Brooklyn, New York in February 2011 and ends up in San Francisco, California in June 2011. I have been slightly fearful of this punishing schedule on the fragile nature of some of the pages. To this end I have been covering some of them with clear sticky plastic and have made my own digital scans.
And so I have to bid a fond farewell to my little girl and her stuffed newt, Cedric. Bon Voyage ma