Sketchbook Collective

What is the Sketchbook Prize?

The Sketchbook Prize celebrates and accentuates processes undertaken by each individual as part of the Degree Show. It highlights the methodologies, innovative ideas, the importance of process, experimentation, discovery and development and aims to evoke further thoughts, possibilities and generate responses from visitors to the shows. Founded in 2017 by a collective of multi-disciplinary international MA students at Manchester School of Art, the Sketchbook Prize offers a creative platform for designers, artists, architects and makers to display their thinking process. The Sketchbook Collective has invited current Manchester School of Art students, members of staff, members of the public, teachers and young people from the region to submit their sketchbooks. Submissions have been welcomed from across all disciplines and levels, open to all formats of sketchbooks: physical, digital, three dimensional, or however designers and artists’ have kept their personal ‘book’.

Categories:

This year’s submissions have been divided into six categories, with the addition of the Collaborative Sketchbook:


People’s Choice

People’s Choice Prize is new for 2020. Every submission to each category has been entered for the people’s choice. The Collective included this new category as a way to involve their audience and expand the judging process to creatives across Greater Manchester. 


Cass Art

Cass Art has supported the Sketchbook Prize since its very first year in 2017 and has continued to help in securing prizes to the winners of the competition and supporting the Manchester School of Art creative student community.

Sketchbook Collective: the 2020 winners

Sketchbook Collective: the 2020 winners

The Sketchbook Collective is a creative platform for designers, artists, architects and makers to display their thinking process and making visible the idea generation and documentation across Art and Design …

Who are the Sketchbook Collective?

Who are the Sketchbook Collective?

For 2020, the project has been run by a Collective of two third-year Illustration with Animation students, Catherine and Martha; a third year Three Dimensional Design student, Ella and an …

Collaborative Sketchbook

Collaborative Sketchbook

The Collaborative Sketchbook was ideated by the Collective for 2020. Originally the format of this would have been a physical sketchbook, which visitors to the show would have been able …

Ruth Fildes

Ruth Fildes

Through my sketchbook art, I strive to capture the nitty-gritty of everyday life. I see the beauty, and have so much awe and wonder, for what some might see as …

Yve Slater

Yve Slater

Submissions to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. Submission 1: As a predominantly observational drawer, I tend to carry a sketchbook most places, plonking myself down and drawing snippets …

Utkarsh Verma

Utkarsh Verma

A digital Escape: We have entered an era in which a digital getaway is the only option to break the monotonous routine of 9-5 work from home. Abstraction of corona …

Tasneem Gabajiwala

Tasneem Gabajiwala

Submission to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. Drawing yourself for 30 days can be cathartic, or maybe not. The book is a journal of my moods over a …

Tanmay Nawar

Tanmay Nawar

The story ‘magic beans and cunning leaves’ is inspired from a tree at my native place which is believed to house a snake inside it’s trunk the tree and the …

Sophie Moran

Sophie Moran

My first sketchbook is the one I used to document my progress and ideas throughout my FMP, the project turned into a zine featuring local cats up for adoption in …

Shreyansh Barua

Shreyansh Barua

“My Sketchbook of Modelling Ideas” shows the 3D modelling images which I have worked on my architecture thesis project in the silk village of Sualkuchi, Assam, India (Known as Manchester …

Sebastian Roberts

Sebastian Roberts

This is my original A3 Sketchbook, which documented the workshops done at the start of my foundation course. It explores day and week long projects focused around exploring mediums and …

Sarah Anthony

Sarah Anthony

This sketchbook is a collection of the digital work I’ve been experimenting with during lockdown. I felt drawn to move away from the illustrative work of my degree, and focus …

Samiya Nazeer

Samiya Nazeer

This digital sketchbook is based around the term Paradise inspired by my primary research from two historical buildings in Pakistan, ‘Lahore Fort’ and ‘Wazir Khan mosque’ . I have created …

Samiya Nazeer

Samiya Nazeer

Stitch and Colour From research, drawing to visualisation, I have documented my project’s development in this sketchbook by showing my examples of my successful and unsuccessful pieces of work. This …

Saima Rasheed

Saima Rasheed

Submission to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. My final outcomes rely on utilizing the sketch/drawing resources I have developed over the previous months or decades. I often doodle …

Sadie Askwith

Sadie Askwith

My submission shows the entire thought process for my contribution to Unit X 2020 – a collaborative ceramic sculpture and zine based on ‘Memory’ created during lockdown. The sketchbook shows …

Ruth Fildes

Ruth Fildes

Being a set of fifty-two and corresponding to the number of weeks in a year, at the beginning of January I set about utilising a pack of playing cards to …

Nicola-Amy O.Thomas

Nicola-Amy O.Thomas

For my final submission I had to convert my real sketchbook for a digital submission, I have selected my favourite pages from the virtual sketchbook that strongly represented my project. …

Nathan Mahawi

Nathan Mahawi

I am from 3D design, working mostly in glassblowing. My sketches are always drawn staright using a pen, since I love having my initial thoughts permanently embedded into the book, …

Ruth Fildes

Ruth Fildes

Submission to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. Being a set of fifty-two and corresponding to the number of weeks in a year, at the beginning of January I …

Ruby Packham-Dale

Ruby Packham-Dale

My sketchbook is more of a journal/workbook and is filled with research/science/experiments and analysis. I like to follow a methodical approach to my work and this can be seen throughout …

Rik Fisher

Rik Fisher

Part exploration into walking as a creative and critical tool. Part exploration into bookbinding. Part questioning presentation. I repurposed an atlas to encapsulate a project from start to finish, both …

Rachel Mcmahon

Rachel Mcmahon

This is a WIP sketchbook. I’m currently planning an animation based on a piece of poetry. I use my sketchbook as a place to experiment with textures and materials, plan …

Phoebe Ingram

Phoebe Ingram

I use a physical sketchbook mostly to draw design ideas and plans, as well as containing collage elements that I use in my digital work. For this project I merged …

Penny Collier

Penny Collier

This Sketchbook is littered with half-baked plans, scraps of research and simplified character design. I like to use my sketchbooks as a place to document a tangle of thoughts, with …

Neeve Fletcher

Neeve Fletcher

This submission shows my deconstructed sketchbook, working in the world of linocut for my unit X Project. I wanted to explore and experiment with shapes and ink through the act …

Nathan Mahawi

Nathan Mahawi

I am from 3D design, working mostly in glassblowing. My sketches are always drawn staright using a pen, since I love having my initial thoughts permanently embedded into the book, …

Nadire Gokmen

Nadire Gokmen

The use of a digital sketchbook has been a new way of working for me. I enjoy the tactility of a physical sketchbook and have always found it easier to …

Molly Pilkington

Molly Pilkington

The sketchbooks I have submitted were resources used to create imagery around greyhound racing and the links which my family have to these dogs. They focus on exploring Belle Vue …

Millie Boucher

Millie Boucher

This sketchbook was created during Covid 19 for my unit x project at university. As a result it has taken the form of a blog. Within the sketchbook I explored …

Mia Thompson

Mia Thompson

This is the thinking and experimenting behind the project i created while in lockdown. I don’t like working within a sketchbook so i often end up with a big pile …

Mel Galley

Mel Galley

Submission to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. The sketchbooks are hand bound using a long stitch technique, both with front covers created out of monoprint paintings. The use …

Martha Harris

Martha Harris

This sketchbook documents my final project for my degree in illustration with animation at MSoA. I have explored ideas for 8 key events of the Celtic year from the book …

Martha Barr

Martha Barr

My sketchbook was a vintage porn magazine, layered and edited with a variety of imagery, text, drawings and influences. This extreme decision was crucial as it mirrored the themes within …

Maream Merza

Maream Merza

My Sketchbooks are everything in one. They are pieces of memories as much as they are pieces of mind. The projects in the sketchbooks influences the creativity process and display. …

Lisa Silva

Lisa Silva

For the past nine months I attended the Manchester School of Art’s Foundation Course; whilst doing so, I’ve worked in several mini projects and other side projects which required drawing …

Lily Kroese

Lily Kroese

This sketchbook is a record of my exchange term studying at the University of Lapland. Inside, I kept the things I noticed — all the colours and moments, tea bags …

Lily Jeal

Lily Jeal

My digital sketchbook explores the idea of ‘Home’. Researching the Miao community in contrast to typical British interiors. Exploring the concept of taste through pattern, textiles, illustration and graphic design. …

Laura Morrison

Laura Morrison

On the BA acting course we use process journals to document our journey through the rehearsal of a play. Exploring character, story and reflection. I tend to really enjoy journaling …

Ketaki Mahamine

Ketaki Mahamine

My Internship to Vietnam was my first time living abroad alone. As a hobby I sketched a lot. Atmospheres, spaces and environments became a habit to catch on the paper. …

Katie Cutler

Katie Cutler

My sketchbook shows the initial development stages of taking both primary and secondary photography, in this sketchbook ‘the woodland’ being a main focus, to influence my drawing and then experimenting …

Izzy Young

Izzy Young

During my final year of university, I created a series of stamps inspired by a variety of animals. The aim was to create an art-based resource that children could use …

Izzy Young

Izzy Young

I used this sketchbook to document my ideas and experiments around the theme: Awkward Moments. My aim was to create a project that showcased the instances you might describe as …

Holly Beach

Holly Beach

A big ol’ book of oil pastels. Produced during covid19 lockdown. Its a collection of double paged compositions which show the beauty, pain and magic of how my characters have …

Hannah Hitchins

Hannah Hitchins

Submission to Thinking in a Sketchbook I did the art and design foundation this year, specialising in fashion/textiles. I am going on a to fashion at MSOA in September, and …

Grace Joyram

Grace Joyram

Submissions to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. Submission 1: A vibrant and textural sketchbook exploring the beauty in the everyday house plant! Quarantine has allowed me to inspect …

Ellis Commins-Dean

Ellis Commins-Dean

This sketchbook was curated throughout my final project and during COVID-19. With only a phone camera and limited equipment I think this sketchbook showcases an ability to adapt to the …

Georgia Borrett-Lynch

Georgia Borrett-Lynch

Submission to the Sketchbook as an Art Piece category. The Unnoticed Designs of New York. On my year out I spent time interning for three months in New York. A …

Eva Lawrence

Eva Lawrence

Although a little messier than my previous years’ sketchbooks, I am proud of the way this pair encase my ideas over the final year of my degree. They reveal my …

Elsa Krawielitzki

Elsa Krawielitzki

My sketchbook explores workwear from western and East-Asian farming. My research, from a fashion design perspective, is a study of the structure and elements of work attire from two contrasting …

Eleanor Walker

Eleanor Walker

This sketchbook is really just a physical place for my thoughts. All of the things or feelings I see or experience at this time get put in the book when …

Eleanor Walker

Eleanor Walker

I work in a traditional sketchbook, but I also work in weavings. These are samples all stemming from one idea, but they have influences from Japanese concepts like Kintsugi and …

Duggie Dundas

Duggie Dundas

To ‘digitally’ portray my journey through Unit X, I created a video that covers the concept, design, manufacture, materials experimentation, final outcome and various external jobs. I have found that …

Anuj Modi

Anuj Modi

This Digital Sketchbook is a collection of my thoughts portrayed with mixed media and mostly revolving around the current events taking place or my speculation towards the future. Instagram @playy.exe

Ameerah Dawood

Ameerah Dawood

My work is centered around the belief that the reason we feel so at peace around nature is because we are a part of it. These digital drawings aim to …

Alice Kell

Alice Kell

My intention for this digital sketchbook was to document the process of creating a 2-3 minute animation for audiences with dyslexia and for audiences who do not know much about …

Alice Hackney

Alice Hackney

I am a Fine Art student working in an A3 sketchbook. I use my sketchbook to plan, explore and experiment with ideas for installations, sculpture and other works, and also …

Aditya Jain

Aditya Jain

This Sketch Book is about my computational explorations, Form Finding which is represent it in a particular way to create eye pleasing animations. Instagram @triptonicart

Chloe Watts

Chloe Watts

I have created a video showing the chronology of my sketchbooks for the year, documenting both my progression and thoughts. I have submitted my sketchbooks as an entity, because whilst …

Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth

Below are both my third-year Unit X Sketchbook and Authorship Sketchbook. As well as this book, I used several A3 sheets to experiment with ideas. As a children’s book illustrator, …

Ariel Chesley

Ariel Chesley

This sketchbook follows the design process for the Umbrella Building, a historic reuse project in Belfast City Centre. Starting from urban-scale ideas to connect pop-up businesses through a network on …

Amy Millington

Amy Millington

This project was based upon the book ‘Icelandic Folktales and Legends’ by Jacqueline Simpson. In the sketchbook, you can see my investigations with the tales and small experiments as to …

Nicola-Amy O. Thomas

Nicola-Amy O. Thomas

These are few pages from my degree sketchbook submission, we had to convert our work in our sketchbook due to the virus. The project was based on mental health- Anxiety …

Aakanksha Khatri

Aakanksha Khatri

My sketchbook is a collection of all the thoughts, ideas and scribbles I do I have while I’m working on a project or not. I do not always have my …

Alice Kell

Alice Kell

Here is a flick through video of two sketchbooks I kept whilst on my third year of Illustration with Animation. Recording my work has been a good way to look …