The Sketchtravel is a unique international charity art project.
This red sketchbook was passed from one artist's hand to another like an Olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years.

This traveling museum contains the personal visions of 71 exceptional illustrators, animators and comic book artists, including artists such as Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Hayao Miyazaki. Initiated by illustrators Dice Tsutsumi (Japan) and Gerald Guerlais (France), the project will culminate in an auction of the original book in Brussels on October 17, 2011. Proceeds from the auction and royalties from the book's publication will be donated to the international literacy non-profit, Room to Read.

The Auction

October 17th 2011
Pierre Berge & Associes
Hosted by Frederic Chambre
Grand Sablon 40 Grote Zavel
Bruxelles 1000 Brussel

The original Sketchbook with 70 pieces of artwork in its hand carved wood case will be auctioned. All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read.

Bid for the original sketchbook

Room To Read

Given the contributing artist's backgrounds in illustration, animation, and comic books, a charity focused on child literacy was a fitting choice.

The non-profit, Room to Read, focuses on literacy and gender equality in education for children in developing countries.

Sketchtravel is supporting Room to Read's South East Asia programs: The charity collaborates with local communities and governments to establish libraries, encourage development of local language, culturally-relevant children's books, and foster literacy in other ways.

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Gerald Guerlais

Born in 1974 in Nantes, France, Gerald is an illustrator and background designer for cartoons.

In 1998, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Métiers D'art (Olivier de Serres) with a degree in Visual Communication.

His current clients include Vivendi Universal Publishing; Excelsior; Bayard Presse; Prisma Presse; Futurikon; Alphanim studio; Xilam studio; and Marathon Media. The U.S. Agency Shannon and Associates represent Gerald. He also began the collective comic Rendez-vous in September 2008, published by Akileos.

Dice Tsutsumi

Originally from Japan, Dice went into the world of animation through successful roles at Lucas Learning Ltd. and Blue Sky Studios, creators of Robots, Ice Age, and Horton Hears a Who! In 2007, Dice joined Pixar Animation Studios as an art director on the Academy Award winning film Toy Story 3.

Dice regularly exhibits his original paintings in various galleries around the world. In addition, he published a children's book, I Can Hear in Japan.

Dice strongly believes in bringing the artistic community together for various charitable causes. He has led successful charity initiatives such as the Totoro Forest Project environmental project and Artists Help Japan, the latter of which raised funds for Japan earthquake disaster relief.

Project Managers

Jean-Rémi Perrin

Yukino Pang

Artistic Consultant

Robert Kondo

2011 Website Design

Seth Van Booven

PR Video

Maud Remy

Redha Zaïm

François Dupuy

Jonathan Buisson

Zach Johnston

Jeremy McCracken

David Dunville

Dan Govier

PR Illustrations

Geneviève Godbout

Mike Lee

Véronique Joffre

Sylvain Marc

David Gilson

Olivier Pouchelon

François Maumont

Tadahiro Uesugi

2006 - 2010 Web Design

Sophie Guerlais


Maureen Fan

Tom Sarris


Brice Agneli

Online communication/provider

Benjamin Desmet

Bruno Tomalak

Room to Read

Nicky Rigg

Wilfredo Pascual

PDF 2006/2008 graphic design

David Panzo

France communication

Marc Aguesse

Book Design

Taï-Marc Le Thanh

Book Introduction

Charles Solomon

Fabien Simode / Owls Production crew

Catherine Bonvalot

Fanny Bensussan

Thibaut Castan

Benjamin Barker

Fanny Chalot

Vincent Benoit

Louise Terseur


Fabienne Kriegel

Amélie Poggi

Nathalie Lefevbre

Sabine Houplain

Anne Schuliar

Sherri Aldis

Isabelle des Courtils

Hélène Maurice


Anne-Laure Falkman

Additional Help

Nicole Poole

Shelly Wan

Rodney Brillante

Duncan Ramsey

Jennifer Chang

Gallery Arludik

Liz Thiers

Ed Robbins

Carlos Baena

Special thanks to Mei Tsutsumi, Rébecca Dautremer, Caroline Charles, Nathalie Saint-Oyant, Jean-Louis Vandestoc, Valérie Jarry, Christophe Lautrette, Stéphane Kardos, Claire Keane, Pierre-Olivier Vincent, Kim Mackey, Shelley Page, Serge Bromberg, Tina Price, Charlotte Moundlic, Judith Hansen, Lora Fountain, Prakash Topsy, Céline Gobinet, Damien Gallas, Randall de Sève, Ellie Walsh, Jessica Roulston, Mike DeFeo, Karen Paik, Toshio Suzuki, Koji Hoshino, Studio Ghibli, Suzel Buck