Thursday, September 16, 2010

may I ask one more favor? giveaway

Thank you all SO MUCH for your votes yesterday. I'm pretty certain it wasn't wise to arrive fashionably late at the party, but nevertheless, it feels very affirming to have the support of a group of people I feel close to every time I pull out my sketchbook.

As a testament to my gratitude, I'm going to redouble my efforts to make this a place you enjoy visiting every day by taking steps to include you in on even more of my inspirations [there are more!]. I am so grateful for your encouragement and guidance and want to extend my happiness into your neck of the woods. As you can see, I'm beginning this journey with a makeover, and plan to follow with new links, new artist/designer highlights and, of course, more stories.

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On another note, for four years I've been keeping this blog and for four years I've been thinking it would probably be a smart idea to include a good ol' 'about me' section--in case someone is new to An Open [Sketch]book and wants to get the quick 411. For four years I've put this task off because, frankly, I can't get up the energy to do it. Sure I write nearly everyday, but it's a whole different ballgame to tell the story of who you are and what you do in a few short words. What's important? What's not?

So, I'm asking for your help yet again. Faithful friends, please add a statement or two to in the comments section of this post stating something YOU think someone should know about this girl, the one behind the sketchbook. What do you remember from posts past?

Tomorrow afternoon, I'll pick a name of a commenter at random and send you a special illustrated gift as a token of my thanks.

UPDATE 9|17 : I'm taking off early today in celebration of a great week. Thank you for your help here, I'll be back to pick a name on Monday!

Until then, peace.

22 comments:

Genine said...

what inspirse the woman behind the sketch book. And what is your favorite sketching utensil?

suzanne cabrera said...

Nice questions Genine. But perhaps an easier question to answer [as I can find inspiration in something as mundane as watching paint dry] is what DOESN'T inspire me! Tops on my list are peanut butter breath, sleepless nights, talking on the phone, pretension, men with long fingernails :)

As for question number 2, I've yet to find the 'perfect pen' but it will undoubtedly be a felt-tip. That's a must.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

What makes you smile? What makes your heart sing? What makes you close your eyes and think you're sooooo happy to be alive??

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

A little mini bio - Where were you born, what did you wanna be when you grew up, school - pro or con. Those sorts of things.

cherie said...

what makes you want to wake up and get out of the bed in the morning and keeps you going?

Sheri said...

How about something offbeat, like describing your alter ego? Does she have a name? Is she similar to a person in literature, media or history? Tell us about the other side of Suzanne. :)

Meili said...

Where are you from? Tell us about your childhood. What drives you to sketch every day and share it with the world? (Thanks for this, by the way.) Tell us a little about the man in your life. Be sure to remind us that you do freelance sketches, if that's something you want to increase.

Maison Conti said...

I'm newish to your blog Suzanne, so I don't know much about you. You have a huge following! Wow! I get an RSS feed of your blog because the art inspires my own...thus I like to know anything about how you work, where you work, what you do professionally and just for fun. I really like information about sketching, which is what, I guess your blog is all about :^p. I always enjoy having a sort of down to earth picture of who an artist is, how they came to be who they are.

Patty said...

What would that little girl behind the sketchbook think of the woman behind the sketchbook? I'm curious to know your answer because I love your work and the way you've opened your heart to your far-flung readers (like me)through this blog. (And it's a question I've been asking myself quite a bit lately --- I've got a big birthday coming up in a few months.)

cindy said...

suzanne creates the most magical worlds using simple pencil, paper & paint. her work will transport you instantly. she's also proved her consistency by having the same haircut for most of her life.

Karen Blados said...

Why did you start your sketchbooks and what are your favorite things to capture in the pages?

Favorite medium and tools and paper and such?

I'm enjoying the transformation, by the way. Looking forward to seeing more.

suzanne cabrera said...

That'a girl Cindy!!!! Writing it out for me... That's what I'd originally intended, though it's pretty clear to me now that I wasn't clear about that :)

Anonymous said...

Suzanne finds inspiration in the everyday and inspires the people around her to do the same. She is some one you can rely on - to never get a different hairstyle, to make your day with a drawing, and to always be a clever girl. She finds support in her husband, Edgar, who never fails to check the daily growth of his garden.

Um..that was hard and now I see why you haven't done it yet. I am giving up there...you can finish ;)

- Claire (I finally overcame my commenting fear!)

dominique eichi said...

She has the talent to make everyone smile with her direct approach and great sense of humor. She has a child like view of her world around her with a wisdom of the ages. Since creativity is at the beginning of all things she follows that motto with her own creations in each of her days.
That is why we love Suzanne

Chey Shelton said...

"Suzanne Cabrera" A name on my short list of people that truly inspire me. I was very lucky to have had her as a drawing instructor and, though I left that major, have returned to her office several times when I need that extra assurance that I'm on the right path. She is a perfect example of compassion, working with me when I struggled to keep up. Suzanne is generous, giving me supplies when she knew my funds were low. She is honest, insightful and understanding, giving me the best advice and encouragement with my projects. And most of all, she is consistent: even on her low days, she still has something positive to say, she is always kind and is eager to help. Suzanne is a wonderful person, within and without. Oh, and also a great designer! ha!

marancat said...

I love to know what bloggers read! Somehow, I feel that gives me a more 'rounded' view of who they are...

Carlos Smith said...

She listens to 50 cent, nuff said...

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh man...you're waaaay too nice! All of you. And it is a fact Carlos, I do love some 50!

Thanks for the great collection of questions as well. I'll work on answering these in future posts!

pulverschwein said...

Suzanne is a great teacher, fresh and inspirational. She loves shoes. I love shoes. Pretty shoes invoke smiles.
Suzanne has a simple and timeless sense of style.

I wonder, do you sketch EVERYWHERE, or do you have great powers of recollection and therefore dazzle me even more?
I long to be able to do the quick and well formed sketch!

Anonymous said...

Sue, Who is the girl behind the sketchbook for me? Wellwe have never meet but I like coming here you are so welcoming to me like a friend youve known for years. Now I may not comment often words sometimes do not come easy for me but I have learned from you sketchbooking since I'm teaching myself this art I come to enjoy others work to help me through so Thank you so girl behind the sketchbook is a pleasure to meet you.
Lindaq

no way said...

Oooh, Suzanne, this is interesting! I was going to request you add something about your musical tastes, but then I saw Carlos had that covered-and covered well, I might add, as a 50 cent fan myself. (Hate it or Love it (by The Game)-good running music, In da Club-an overall good song for any occasion in my opinion.)

Greensboro has crossed my path twice this week-once when my son brought home some wrapping paper fundraiser thing and the company is in Greensboro, and last night we watched the documentary "Good Hair" with Chris Rock and he talked about the Dudley factory in Greensboro. I think it was a sign to me to get back to your blog! xo

la ninja said...

just whatever you want to share is fine with me. I'm pretty private on the old blog (snippets now and again but not much shared really.)

whatever it is you want to know about us, you could tell us about you ;)