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Never Eat Alone & Jury Duty Moleskine Sketches

Not much time or energy to write a long thoughtful post today, so instead I'm including a scan of two sketches I've recently created in my pocket Moleskine sketchbook:

(click the image above to see an enlarged version)

Left page: This is realization of an idea I had for encapsulating ideas from books as free form type-treatment sketches. In this case, I'd been reading Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, and had been inspired by many of the ideas Keith presents. So, I set out to capture the ideas floating to the surface of my mind on a page in my Moleskine. I had so much fun doing this I may do it again for other books I'm reading.

Right page: The sketches on this page are much less logical and ordered. I spent a day in the Milwaukee County Jury pool last week with some time on my hands, so I began sketching things that caught my eye in the cafeteria and assembly room. Actually, the bottom half of this page sat blank for nearly a week, until last night, when I completed it with a sketch of a character from the TV series Monk, and commentary on my short stint in jury service.

I hope you enjoy this funky blend of sketches. :-)

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Reader Comments (4)

Mike, as ever, a fascinating sketch that had me looking at the details for ages. But also, what a FANTASTIC idea! I'm going to have to try this out next time I'm reading something that needs notes keeping. (Maybe my copy of GTD needs another read ...)

The left hand page looks for all the world like an old-time Music Hall poster or advert. Was that your intention?
February 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNeal Dench
Neal, thanks for the kind words! I can't wait to see your own interpretations of books in visual form.

As for the "old time music hall" look, yes, I think once I put down "Set your Goals" the direction was set for a highly compacted stylized image like an old time poster.

Last fall Gail and I visited Hatch Show Print in Nashville and I was inspired by their work � they've been doing this sort of old-time poster for at least 50 years.
February 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Never Eat Alone, like The Art Of The Start is one of those books that should be handed to people as they walk off their high school graduation stage.

Maybe as their walking off their junior high school stage ;-)

Much better than The Virtual Handshake, although no real mention of technology...
February 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Duncan
Steve, yes, Never Eat Alone was a great book, one I will certainly pick up now (this one is a library copy). Have yet to read Art of the Start, but I already like Kawasaki's work � so it should be good!
February 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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