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Thursday
Jan062005

Proj: Exhibition Moleskine Sketches (Pages 21-24)

The snow came last night, carpeting everything in sight with a thick blanket of white fluff. When I left for my weekly walk to the cafe, I'd have never guessed snow would move me to complete 4 more pages in the proj: exhibition sketchbook. What a nice surprise.

Here are 2 more snow-induced spreads (click to see larger versions):

Proj: Exhibition Pages 21-22

Page 21 & 22: This spread was inspired by two things: the mini snowplow machine clearing the cafe parking lot, and Snow Patrol's Final Straw playing on my Tungsten E. As I watched the little tractor plowing happily, I had the urge to capture the moment. Fortunately my proj: exhibition Moleskine sketchbook was packed in my Cafe bag. Once I had the tractor on the page, the title came to me, along with my notes. (Time: about 20 min)

This sketch was made with my new Pilot Dr. Grip Gel pen (G2 0.7 cartridge), which I like very much. I've become accustomed to the feel of 0.5 tips, so the 0.7 seems a little clunky. Who would have thought 0.2mm would make much difference? Doggone picky artists! :-)

Proj: Exhibition Pages 23-24

Page 23 & 24: On the next spread, I turned inward for subject matter. The first item down on the page were the Burr Grinder Robots, as they caught my eye as unusual shapes. This first item was followed buy Serious Hardware, That's It?! (Gulp), May I help Caffeinate You, Please?, Creamer Droids and Nutmeg Shaker.

It's quite odd for me to begin the page in the upper right corner, and I have no good reason for working right to left. All I can say is, when sketches start flowing, I try to roll wherever they take me. (Time: about 20 min)

24 Pages Done, 6 to Go!
I'm feeling very good about completing 30 pages by January 15th. One or two more good sessions, and I'll be good to go by the weekend.

I hope you've enjoyed the sketches. Please feel free to leave comments. :-)

Reader Comments (8)

Good going again Mike!

On 21-22, what building
January 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBryan Nystrom
Bryan, thanks for the feedback!

Actually 21-22 the background image is the sign for the shops in this shopping center. I tried to draw it more loosely to imply that it was somewhat foggy and off in the distance. Guess that didn't work. ;-)

As for coffee related sketches... I realized that yesterday as well. Prtly it's due to my interest in coffee, partly it's just because I'm often in a cafe when I'm doing sketches.

Maybe I should lobby patrick to name my entry proj: coffee sketchbook? ;-)



January 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Well Mike, I nearly posted the same thing Bryan did when I saw p.23,24 :) I somehow imagined you live on the second floor of that cafe, get up in the morning with slippers walk downstairs and stare what's outside the window :))
January 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Ng
Well Mike... I'm just envious about your "office" at the coffee houses. The walls where I work are pretty bland, so I guess the many blank pages in my Moleskin are represenative also. (BTW: Mike is the one who got me hooked on a French Press, so I'm blaming everything on him now...jitter...twitch...jitter...shake shake).

I see now about the structure in the background. Its the side of a sign that just happens to look like a skyscraper (to me). I doubt many others saw it in the way I did anyway. And beside, the sketch was good, and the comments about the snowball going through to hit the driver made me laugh and added the "icing" on the cake.

Look'n forward to the next set (coffee related or not)!
January 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
(Opps! Those last comment were mine. Forgot to sign in.)
January 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBryan Nystrom
FYI: Not sure if those interested have a "Blick" art store in their area (used to be "Dick Blick") but I found an ad flyer in my mailbox today from them. One of the sale items was:--------February Featured Products: 2/1/05 - 2/28/05Moleskin 3.5"x5.5" Blank & Gridded NotebooksList: $10.99Sale: $8.98--------

Just thought I would pass that along.

January 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBryan Nystrom
Cool, thanks Bryan. I've also mentioned this to Armand over at Moleskinerie.
January 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
BTW, Armand called Blick's and wrote me back -- he says the rep mentioned the sale isn't national, so it must be a local Blick store thing.
January 11, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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