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Proj: Exhibition Moleskine Sketches (Pages 7-10)

Wow, I'm really rolling on my proj: exhibition sketchbook! Last night and this morning I completed four more pages, and enjoyed every moment of it. If you haven't had a chance to see my first 6 pages, feel free to check them out. Four new pages and related notes are included below for your viewing pleasure (click on an image to see a larger version):

Proj: Exhibition Pages 7-8

Pages 7 & 8: Decided to try a full spread, discussing my old reliable PowerBook Duo 230, which sits on the right side of my office desk. This wonderful little laptop is a pivotal piece of technology in my life, as it helped me meet many good friends online and to land my position at MakaluMedia. It traveled to Germany and Sweden with me. Beyond sentimental value, my love of using a modular computing devices came from experiences with the Duo system.

Proj: Exhibition Pages 9-10

Pages 9 & 10: This was a new approach for a sketchtoon in this book — moving away from inanimate objects to people. This morning at my local café I sat and sketched the most interesting people I saw, making up commentary about each one. My biggest fear was being approached by one of the subjects to see my “scribbling” — fortunately none did.

Notes on Sketchtooning

Interestingly enough, I'm finding the act of diving in on a blank page of this notebook with a black gel pen a great challenge, because once I start sketching, I can't erase. This action requires a bit of confidence, and the ability to go with the flow of the drawing.

In fact, I'm intentionally avoiding planning out the page, letting it draw itself instead. Why? Because as a web and graphic designer I've been trained to organize and plan out my layouts. While this is fine for professional projects, I wanted to capture a more spontaneous look with these sketches — like a child draws as they feel — rather than following a well-organized plan. I've found the use of ink and non-planning of sketches very refreshing. :-)

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first 6 pages from the sketchbook, posted on Monday night! As with those sketches, I'd love to hear your comments.

Reader Comments (3)

Rolf, thanks for the comments! I enjoyed the caf� people, though they were harder to do than inaimate objects for me (they leave the caf�!). But, it was fun to try and capture a person as a iconic cartoon.

I intend to do more people in the sketchbook (maybe even new caf� people), so you can look forward to that. :-)
December 11, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Just cuious as to your "pen" of choice at the moment? Still using the inexpensive gel pens you can pick up at OfficeMax/Depot?
December 14, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterBryan Nystrom
Still on the Pilot G2 Gel pens (0.5 and 0.7) and really like them. They seem stable and archival as well (and cheap too).

I hear some folks have even found ways to install the Pilot G2 Gel pen inserts into other pens for a nicer feel:
December 14, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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