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Friday
Mar012013

Custom Moleskine Sketchbooks & Meet-Ups at SXSW 2013

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I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE I've teamed up with Moleskine to produce very cool, custom Moleskine Pocket Sketchbooks to share with fans of Moleskine and The Sketchnote Handbook, in Austin at SXSW 2013!

We're organizing 2 free meet-ups at SXSW Interactive in Austin on Saturday, March 9th, to meet fans and give away a bunch of custom sketchbooks.

Here's a mockup of the custom Sketchnote Handbook branded Moleskine Sketchbooks we're giving away:

Custom Sketchnote Moleskine

We're challenging recipients of these custom sketchbooks to sketchnote panels and other experiences — then share their work with the #mSketchnote hashtag on Flickr, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels.

Here are the details of the meet-ups:

Jo's Coffee Shop - Downtown: 10:30 AM -12 NOON

The first event is a meet-up at Jo's Coffee Shop Downtown (242 W. 2nd Street - between Colorado and Lavaca Streets), giving away 80 of the Sketchnote Handbook inspired Pocket Moleskine Sketchbooks and free coffee to those who want to take the sketchnote challenge.

Mulberry - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

The second meet-up will be at Mulberry on 360 Nueces Street at W. 3rd Street from 7-9. We can share a drink and your sketchnotes together, and have fun meeting others in the Moleskine and sketchnote communities. I'll be excited to see some of the sketchnote challenge work in-person at this event, and we'll have more custom books to give away to keep you sketchnoting SXSW all week.

Go RSVP for these events on Eventbrite, and I'll look forward to meeting you at an event! Come join us!

Follow Moleskine and me on these social media channels for more info and to see this work as it comes in on March 9th and beyond:

Twitter: @moleskine and @rohdesign
Instagram: @moleskine_world and @rohdesign

Wednesday
Mar242010

Illustrating REWORK (Part 2 of 2)

A few weeks ago, my guest article Illustrating REWORK (Part 1 of 2) appeared on the 37signals blog, Signal vs Noise. In that article I shared how Jason Fried and I worked together to create illustration ideas for the business book, REWORK.

Today, Illustrating REWORK (Part 2 of 2) appeared on Signal vs. Noise, to complete the story. In part 2 of the guest article, I reveal my process for translating pencil sketch concepts described in part 1, into final artwork ready for print production.

Here's an excerpt from part 2:

Inking

Using batches of approved pencil sketches, I began inking illustrations for the book. Batching was important for inking the illustrations, as I could get into a groove and knock out multiple pieces at a time. It also provided a consistency of style, important with such a large group of closely related illustrations.

When I live-sketchnote an event, I listen to a speaker and capture ideas in real-time, using only a gel pen and a Moleskine pocket sketchbook. On the REWORK project I had the luxury and flexibility of taking a more methodical approach to the final illustrations for the book.

Chances were high that I’d see late, last-minute changes in the publishing process and I wanted the ability to make those changes quickly. Rather than inking each illustration as a complete unit, I inked multiple elements separately which were scanned and stitched together in a layered Photoshop document.

First, I created a variety of separate elements on a single spread for multiple illustrations, then used the elements which worked best after scanning the entire page into Photoshop. –Photo by Brian Artka.

Here’s a photo of the final illustration, printed in REWORK. This photo shows how various elements were scanned and stitched together in Photoshop to create a single, unified illustration. –Photo by Brian Artka.

Read: Illustrating REWORK (Part 1 of 2) and Illustrating REWORK (Part 2 of 2)

A big thank you to Brian Artka for shooting my sketchbooks for both of the articles, and Gabe Wollenburg for proofreading and editing tips on the pieces.

Listen to the Podcast

Listen to the 37signals Podcast No. 9. At 28:43 into the podcast, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and Matt Linderman talk about why they hired me for the illustrations and their perspective on the illustration process. Here's the MP3 file.

Review 5 Chapters

Check out Scribd to read 5 chapters of the book, including my illustrations.

Buy REWORK!

I'm very excited now that REWORK has been released. It became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller only a week after release! If you pick up a copy, please leave a comment here about the illustrations.

Order REWORK at Amazon

Saturday
Mar062010

Illustrating REWORK (Part 1 of 2)

I'm thrilled to share with you an opportunity I've had to write a guest post for the 37signals company blog, Signal vs Noise.

Jason Fried of 37signals invited me to write the post Illustrating REWORK about the process of illustrating their new business book, REWORK.

I went into detail about how we started the book illustration process, worked with Crown Publishing, generated illustration concepts and prepared pencil sketches for review, approval and final production.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Pencils vs. Inking
Initially I’d planned on inking each illustration in a Moleskine sketchbook, making the reviewable artwork as close to final artwork as possible. But after thinking about what would best suit the review and feedback process, I decided it would be smart to review uninked pencil sketches instead.


Pencil concept sketch for “Everyone on the Front Lines”. –Photo by Brian Artka

This proved to be a time-saving decision. Had I inked pieces as near-final art, I would have lost time re-inking multiple illustrations to accommodate changes.

Because I invested up-front time in solving the illustrations as pencils, I only had to ink once before moving to Photoshop for final artwork.

Writing Part 1 of 2 was great fun to do, because I've learned over the years here that people are fascinated by the design process. You can also read Illustrating REWORK (Part 2 of 2) for the full story.

Many thanks to Brian Artka for shooting my sketchbooks for the articles, and to Gabe Wollenburg for proofreading and editing tips on the pieces.

Listen to the Podcast

You can also listen to the latest 37signals Podcast. At 28:43 into the podcast, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and Matt Linderman talk about why they hired me for the illustrations and their perspective on the illustration process. Here's the MP3 file.

Review 5 Chapters

Check out Scribd to read 5 chapters of the book, including my illustrations.

Buy REWORK!

I'm very excited now that REWORK has been released. It became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller only a week after release! If you pick up a copy, please leave a comment here about the illustrations.

Order REWORK at Amazon

Monday
Nov302009

NaNoDrawMo '09 Sketchnotes: Completed!

I've successfully completed the challenge of NaNoDrawMo (National November Drawing Month) as dreamed up by Steven Frank.

According to Steven:

Loosely defined goals are: 50 individual works/drawings produced between Nov 1 and Nov 30. Extra points if they work together to tell a story or otherwise share an overall theme (people you know, people you saw on the bus, etc).

Participants were to draw 50 images in November, post the images to Flickr, join and submit them to the NaNoDrawMo Flickr group. You can also keep track with a NaNoDrawMo Twitter search.

I was a bit crazy for doing a project where I had to create 1.67 sketchnotes in my Moleskine sketchbook each day, but hey, life is short and I was able to just pull it off.

Here are all 51 sketchnotes:

NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 1/50 - Circus NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 2/50 - Ideas
NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 3/50 - There's an App For That!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 4/50 - Attention Span
NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 5/50 - Pity The Fool!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 6/50 - Trailblazer or Dancing Monkey?NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 7/50 - Stuff Burdens My SoulNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 8/50 - Clay ShirkyNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 9/50 - Van GoghNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 10/50 - Newman-Clature!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 11/50 - Cheap Watches!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 12/50 - Really Living?NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 13/50 - KeVRoN
NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 14/50 - Cafe HollanderNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 15/50 - Make Something Happen!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 16/50 - No Cure for MondaysNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 17-25/50 - Nine FacesNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 26/50 - Blooaughh!NaNoDrawMo 2009 - 27/50 - Drawing is How I ThinkNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 28/50 - Hubert JochamNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 29/50 - Buffalo BillNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 30-35/50 - 6 FacesNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 36-42/50 - Hat GalleryNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 43/50 - What is my iPhoneNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 44-50/50 - Things on My DeskNaNoDrawMo 2009 - 51/50 - Nathan's Christmas Tree

The 51st sketchnote is by my 7 year old son Nathan, who joined the fun. :-)

See my NaNoDrawMo Sketchnotes Set on Flickr.

Hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have.

Friday
Aug072009

Molecover Review

About a month ago, I came across the Molecover, a leather Moleskine cover. Being a huge Moleskine fan, I was curious about this accessory.

Tyler from Molecover was happy to provide a black pocket sized Molecover to review. Below is the video review I've recorded with my iPhone 3GS camera, showing details of the Molecover and how it wraps around a Moleskine notebook.


I'm impressed with the build quality of the Molecover. The leather is very precisely cut, with fine stitching. I'm amazed at how thin the leather is, which keeps the cover from getting overly bulky once it's wrapped around a Moleskine.

Molecover is a great way to cover a beat up Moleskine, or protect a Moleskine and add a bit of added elegance.