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Thursday
Dec302004

Proj: Exhibition Moleskine Sketches (Pages 15-18)

Well, I've managed to get a few more spreads completed in my proj: exhibition sketchbook before the end of the year. It's a good feeling to keep the pages coming, now up to 18. I have only 12 more pages (6 spreads) to complete to reach my goal of 30 pages by January 15th. Maybe I can pull this off after all.

Following the format established with the previous scans, here are the 4 new pages for your review (click on an image to see a larger version):

Proj: Exhibition Pages 15-16

Page 15 : This page is somewhat unusual for the sketchbook, as this imaginary lanscape came from my mind and not from an actual object. I'm not entirely sure where the idea came from, but I'm happy with the results. It's certainly not a realistic landscape — more of a dream landscape from a distant, ancient land (with no trees).

Page 16 : Here is a much more concrete drawing of my new square-toed dress shoes. I won't spoil the comments on the page itself in the notes, other than to say my wife Gail has a good eye for shoes. :-)

Proj: Exhibition Pages 17-18

Page 17: Coffee seems to be a theme throughout the sketchbook, and page 17 is no exception. This sketch was made while sitting at a local cafe with my brother Steve on Christmas Eve day. Fort some reason the moka pot on pedestals caught my eye. Fortunately, I had my pen and Moleskine along.

Page 18: My Signs sketch was completed this morning while at the cafe. These highway signs which I see each Thursday morning caught my eye, making me aware of the visual noise I deal with each day.

An that's all for sketchtoons in 2004. I've been quite happy about comments from readers who are enjoying my 'toons as much as I enjoying creating them. Thanks for your encouraging words.

I wish you blessings, peace and prosperity for the year 2005. My heart goes out to the thousands effected by the asian tsunami. More than we fortunate ones, these people deserve God's extra portion of blessing, encouragement, hope and care in this difficult time.

Reader Comments (6)

Sure Mike! I have the same feeling that fashion suggestion from our women is always a way to breakthrough. At first it was difficult to accept something foreign, then gradually it became part of you and became your style. Your life evolves more boldly by taking wife's suggestion.
January 2, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Ng
Hi MikeAll the best for the new year.And - Thanks again for those great, wonderful sketchtoons.I really like them a lot. They just look increadibly great. I have difficulties to describe how good they actually look.

They are perfect.

You just got the perspective view right, the proportions, the shadows look great, light and dark zones. Your drawing lines are just there, simply right.The overall appearance: Just great. The text nicely supports the sketches (or the other way round?). Some comments here, an arrow there, ups and here is the rotated date. Wonderful.

I was looking to find something to give you back. A small feedback, something you could improve further. I couldn't come up with anything.For me: You are there. Those are The SketchToons.

Especially the Coffee pot one (page 17) made me just look, look, look and enjoy.

Just keep going and let your emotions and feelings out and bring them to paper (moleskine). As you change in life, so will your outcomings. And I'll be there to look for them.

Thanks a lot for sharing them with us.

Best regards from Switzerland,icarus

January 3, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRolf Gloor
Mike,

Just a curiosity question: Since you were actaully sitting then the coffee shop with someone (your brother), I'm curious as to how much attention/time you spent on the drawing? Was it done while chatting with your brother, before or after he was there, or did you just plain zone out and ignore him while the work was in progress? (Mainly I'm curious as to how long the initial sketch of something like the coffee maker or signs takes you to do). I doubt you ignored your brother... but then again ;-) I think I would find sktetching like this easier when by myself.
January 3, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBryan Nystrom
Patrick, yes, it is always wise to accept fashion suggestions from the women around us. She often pushes me in directions I might not go, generally to my benefit. It's all part of the dance of marriage. :-)

Rolf, wow, thank you! I'm not sure they are perfect just yetm but they seem to be flowing pretty easily. I do think this is a mark of being in the "zone" when they just happen naturally. I hope to have more by the 15th, and then the little book is making a trip to Hong Kong...

Bryan, my brother happened to be carrying his laptop along (he wanted to try out the free WiFi service at Stone Creek), though we were having some discussion while I was sketching that coffee pot. Generally interspersed discussion isn't a problem while i sketch, though I am probably faster alone.

Trying to think back to what that one took to do... I would guess about 10-15 minutes or so. I know this now, because the cafe was closing in 15 minutes when I began the sketch. I did add the surrounding text the following day, so throw in another 5 minutes for a total of maybe 20.

I would estimate the signs drawing was in the 20-25 min neighborhood.

Now, the sketch of Nathan at Cranky Al's (next spread) took a bit longer because people are always harder to do, and that image itself was pretty complex. I think that was closer to 30 minutes.

Thanks for your comments everyone! :-)
January 4, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Hello Mike, I really like your sketchpad entries- When I first started getting into drawing I would spend hours sketching people in restaurants. Your articles inspire me to get back into sketching. I'm also interested in your ideas on PDA's. I recently ordered a Dell Axim50v which should arrive in a couple of days. This is my first PDA and I plan on using it in the coffee houses that offer free wireless- and to read french and italian Ebooks (free versions). Is there a good program or software for sketching on a Dell Axim? Also is there a way to get a portable keyboard that has the french accent marks? This is all pretty new to me- keep up the good work- Robert
January 4, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Q. H.
Mike,

I'm a local printer & designer would you consider the idea of putting your drawings in the form of a book?

Greg
January 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Prey

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