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Oh dear…

It’s the 1st, isn’t it?

And a Monday? Bugger!

Once again, I’m completely unorganised. OK, everyone, if you can send your submissions for last months theme, I’ll try and get them up tomorrow.

In the mean time I’ll dig around the drafts folder and clean up a post for the next theme…

~mr sketchy


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Sorry… there has been a delay in the next posts. Will most likely be up tomorrow….

~Mr Sketchy


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Theme: An agent of change

An Agent for change

I think this is where I would normally go on that I’ve been thinking a lot about change.

While it’s true I’ve got a few changes going on in my life right now, I haven’t been thinking about ‘change’ that much. Maybe I should?

But really, I’m putting up this theme cause I thought it was a cool phrase and would make a fun theme…

~mr sketchy

Responses to this month’s theme will be due the first Monday of next month, 4th of July.

As usual, you can send us through a link to the response on your own site, or, if you don’t have a space of your own, send us the file at, and we’ll post it up here.

Happy creating!

~ Sophie, Kate & Mr Sketchy


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Theme responses: Canberra Autumn

Well another month has passed and we’ve had some really great responses from the last theme, Canberra Autumn.

Pseudo Rhys has a wonderful illustration here.

Duck Reach has a beautiful map-inspired drawing here.

And I’ve put up a my response here.

If you are still trying to finish a piece off, send it in and we’ll include it in this post.

Otherwise, enjoy creating with the new theme, which is due on the 6th of June.


I’ve finally got my act together and posted up my response to last month’s theme here.

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Theme: “They grouped under the lamp post, alone.”

Lamp Post

The inspiration for this theme came from a people watching moment at Richmond station in Melbourne. I noticed that the areas under cover were getting crowded. Mainly because thats where all seats are. People had drifted into the open area for a little peace a quiet (i assume).

But the thing was, though everyone was doing that “pretending no one else exists” (something I specialize at while using public transport) they were grouping around wherever there was a sign post. It was as if no one wanted to take the extra few steps to stand in a completely empty place.

I’m probably reading too much into it, but I still think of it from time to time.

Responses to this month’s theme will be due the first Monday of next month, 6th of June.

As usual, you can send us through a link to the response on your own site, or, if you don’t have a space of your own, send us the file at, and we’ll post it up here.

Happy creating!

~ Sophie, Kate & Mr Sketchy

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Submissions: Redux

Hey everyone, I hope you had a fun and creative month.

The time has come to show our work on last months theme, Redux.

First I’d like to send a special thanks to Pseudo Rhys for letting us see his submission ahead of time.

Other submissions we have is from Duck Reach with a interesting collage here.

Mr Sketchy’s work is here along with a rambling story.

If you have yet to send us your submission, don’t panic. You can send it or a link into us at
For the next few days we’ll update this post with the extra submissions, after that you can still enter something, but you’ll need to put it the comments below.


And, in keeping with past habits, Sophie’s submission is late. But here it is.

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Why I’m taking part…

Last week the Monday Project re-launched, and a new project theme is up and running for all that wish to take part.

As you may or may not know, I’m helping Soph and Kate organise things this year, but I thought it may be worth explaining why. And no, it’s not because I thought the MP blog would benefit from the spelling mistakes, typos and wanton disregard for grammar and readability that most people expect from my ramblings. Not at all.

I originally joined the Monday Project, because it can be really hard to keep up with being creative. As someone who does enjoy just relaxing and doing nothing, watching movies, having the odd drink, having the odd drink with friends, and doing all those boring things like work (including the occasional freelance job) and paying bills, I often find that months have gone by without allowing myself a couple of hours just to sit down and draw.

By joining the Monday Project, I found it easier to schedule myself an afternoon or two a month to motivate myself to be creative again.

Another unexpected bonus was how much I would end up drawing things I would rarely come with on my own. The Monday Project themes will often lead me to draw subjects that were totally different than the typical illustrations I used to create just for myself. I would often still use my own styles and techniques, but would end up with an image completely unlike the work in the rest of my portfolio.

Something else I’ve noticed, is that when getting involved the projects, I started to take a little more notice of the creative things around me. In truth, most of my submissions to the Monday Project were done in one or two afternoons. For me, it was a great way to experiment, and to take things I had seen recently… exhibitions, posters, books, movies, and even ads… and try to adapt what caught my eye into that submission.

And of course, I’ve met some really interesting people being part of the Monday Project.

So when real life meant the first Monday Project went on hiatus for a while, I really did nag Soph about it… Repeatedly. I found again without the deadline, I was, once again, going back to months at a time going past without me putting pencil (or pen) to paper. And at a certain point, I realized there was only so much I could nag other people, before putting my money where my mouth is, and actually offer to help out.

I’ve found the Monday Project to be a fun and rewarding collective to be a part of. So really, that’s why I’m excited about the site being re-launched.

Mr Sketchy

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Theme: Redux

Monday Project Theme: Redux

Welcome everyone! Ready for a new year of themes to inspire the creative in you?

To celebrate the relaunch of the Monday Project, we thought we’d go with what we think is a very appropriate theme for the month: “Redux”.

(thanks to for the definition)

It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in literature and film talk.

We thought it was appropriate for the first theme of the revived Monday Project, and the first theme in the new space. But it also has the potential — for all of you who want to ease yourself back into the swing of things — to be an excuse to dust off that old bit of work, and approach it again from a fresh angle.

Still, don’t let that stop you from creating something new.

Don’t forget if you’d like to share your ideas and your progress on the theme, drop us a line or leave a link in the comments to this post.

Remember above all else, have some fun.

Responses to this month’s theme should make it to our inbox ( by midnight Monday 1 March. We’ll do our best to make sure they go up within the week.

If you’ve got your own blog or online space, feel free to post your response up there, but remember to let us know it’s there, so we can link to it. If you’d prefer just to send us a file, that’s fine too (try and keep it small, if you can!), and we’ll post it up here.

And if you have any ideas for future Monday Project themes, please drop us a line.

Happy creating!

~ Soph, Kate and Mr Sketchy


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Coming Soon to 2011…

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to the Monday Project! We hope everyone has had a fun and safe holiday season.

We’re happy to announce that soon we’ll be re-launching the Monday Project. As you may have noticed we have a new location, here at wordpress. Also, we have a new helper, Mr Sketchy.

We’re currently in the process of setting up the new blog and preparing a years worth of themes to help inspire the creative impulses of anyone who wishes to join in. We’ve also set up a Monday Project twitter feed. You’ll find all our thoughts that are less than 170 characters under Monday_Project.

We’re going to be launching the first theme for 2011 at the start of February. Posting will be a little scarce until then while we finish polishing things off around here, but we hope you stick around.

See you soon. Happy creating.

~ Soph, Kate and Mr Sketchy


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