Alumnus contributes to world-traveling sketchbook

Huntington, Ind.—Christian Elden, a 2002 Huntington graduate, has been included in a world-spanning art experiment dubbed the “SFG Blank Book Project.” What started in July of 2007 as a blank sketchbook, the project currently includes art from 20 illustrators from all over the U.S. and Canada, and the list will grow to 50 illustrators from all over the world by the time it’s completed in mid-December.

The project was started by Jeff Andrews and Steph Doyle of Sugar Frosted Goodness, an online art community comprised of more than 280 members. For approximately 500 days, the sketchbook will travel from Washington, D.C., to 50 illustrators around the world. Once the book arrives, each illustrator has seven days to complete a sketch and send the book on to the next illustrator. The project’s creators designated the theme, “Where I Live,” allowing participants to illustrate something significant or interesting about their geographic location.

Elden, a resident of Anderson, Ind., chose to highlight the city’s origins and educational institutions’ mascots, along with the ceremonial Indian mounds at Mounds State Park and the historic Paramount Theatre.

Progress of the book may be viewed online at Another blank book project is slated to launch this coming winter.

Christian Elden is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Anderson, Ind., with his wife and young daughter. In addition to his freelance work, he’s a graphic designer for Warner Press, a Christian resource publisher in Anderson. He’s a 2002 graduate of Huntington University with a bachelor's degree in graphic design.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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