The Turkish sketchbooks in 2012. There are now a few more!

The purpose of this website is to share my work with you. Webmeister Robert Spoden and I have  busted our— Um, worked very hard! —to bring this to you our friends, and will continue to add to and improve the product line. We’ve got one sketchbook up (a favorite) and will add all the rest as fast as we can- there are now 33.

I’ve been drawing Turkey since I fell in love with it twenty years ago. I started drawing the place in the spring of 1999 and have never stopped.You can go anywhere with a sketchbook and a drafting pen. So most of my huge body of Turkish drawings is in these little books. You wouldn’t believe how big these drawings look when opened up and framed.

Thanks to decades spent creating art digitally, I know how to scan and make the art look like the original in the sketchbook— minus the distracting center line. It’s a ton of work, and for this, I’ve mostly used the MacHog, an ancient 2003 floor-mounted Power PC G4, with a corresponding version of Adobe Photoshop. (They both still work, and well. I was  a MacEvangelist in the former life for good reason.) Thanks to a generous patron, I also have a gorgeous new iMac with a huge screen, so the work is now going much faster, but when you see these images you may think of me in those winter days and nights on the MacHog, slowly doing the picayune tasks involved in scanning, marrying the two halves of the scans, blowing out the levels, zooming in and eliminating dirt and that center line, but leaving the husk that marks it as original work, coming up with a caption. We present it as we present the many scenes of Turkey and its neighbors, warts and all: each drawing a portrait of the moment in time when it was drawn. All of them make up a multifaceted portrait of Turkey. We hope you enjoy it.

This gallery features all images from Trici Venola's Sketchbook #28, Hot Crosses
Hot Crosses
In The Kingdom of Urartu
Actual Size
Papazoglu Han
Sea Palace