Saturday, March 31, 2007

could it be magic?

I resisted getting a Moleskine for quite a while. I've never wanted to be a member of a Moleskine club - in fact quite the opposite. When I did get one I really wanted to dislike it. I'm sure you know what's coming next...yep, I love it! I love this Moleskine. More than that I'm really enjoying the work I've been doing in it. What is it about these books? Why do people fall for them in such a big way? I don't know. I just know that it really pushes my button. Sorry.

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28 Comments:

Blogger Bonny said...

This is gorgeous, Andrea! You have such a way with capturing detail that is fascinating!
What did you use - a sepia micron pen, or watercolour? I really like the effect.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Kunya said...

I'm in awe for your detailed work. I love to see your drawings, full of detail, full of life

6:05 PM  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

This is just gorgeous! I would also love to know wha mediums you used?
Ronell

11:10 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers guys!

I used a Pilot G-Tec pen (sepia)for this - well infact for all the sepia drawings. They last quite a long time...and they need too!!

11:17 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

I think it is magic....because I really love this one! I've resisted being in "the club" for a long time now...but I think my next sketchbook may have to be a moleskine.

11:29 PM  
Blogger r.e.wolf said...

You too?

And I can't even grouse, because your work in it is awesome!

11:48 PM  
Anonymous wagonized said...

Again, it came out a lot more crisp on Flickr -- but i needed to stop by your blog to reiterate how gorgeous this is.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Brenda Y said...

Fantastic sketch!! I love the sepia (of course I love your colored pens too!). I've recently become a Arches watercolor block snob so can identify 100% with your moleskine infatuation - LOL! It's funny how we stubbornly refuse to get sucked in and then WHAM, we're hooked.

3:46 AM  
Blogger B.T.Bear Esq. said...

Yet more wonderful art!

I saw a programme the other night about a woman who has a phobia of buttons. This would have freaked her out!

3:54 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Looks like you are on the way to doing a map of Australia - it looks like the eastern side! I'm awed by your details.
I hope you are feeling better - I was crook for three weeks and still cough a bit - it's a tickle now, and no longer have to stand on my head to cough.
w.

10:32 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

gosh I can see why! you really make beautiful pictures!

12:30 AM  
Anonymous julie said...

Andrea, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog - your work is beautiful!! and now ive found you!
will be back..:)

love these buttons..and your work is so varied!!

5:06 AM  
Blogger Feltbug said...

Hi - just found this pic on flickr and I love this drawing - the colour is beautiful ! I am looking forward to exploring your blog.

12:37 PM  
Blogger E-J said...

I just can't get excited about my Moleskine. If I was coming up with drawings like THIS in it, however, I would feel very differently about it! This is wonderful. Your cross-hatching is such an attractive and distinctive feature of your work.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Johnnie Scoutten said...

Wonderful piece.
and aren't the books devine?

6:50 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all.

I'm proud of this one and working on another as I speak. I'm going to do another version for an exhibition that's coming up.

BT Bear - I saw a trailer for that programme too. I once knew somebody who had a phobia (fear?) of the word 'buttons'!! How mad is that? It was rather unfortunate that I was sharing a house with somebody who had a cat called Buttons at the time!!

Wendy - I'm at the non stop coughing stage at the moment. The only relief is cough sweets but I'm eating packets of them daily so that I don't end up coughing and spluttering over my work mates. I can certainly relate to standing on your head to cough; very funny!

Cheers again, everyone.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous martha said...

Fantastic! I just want to keep looking and looking...
Was this a real pile of buttone, or did you do some or all of it from your imagination?

12:43 AM  
Blogger Emma Pod said...

Great buttons, terrific details. They look like they're smiling.

7:32 PM  
Blogger david mcmahon said...

Bravo, Andrea,

Your work is right on the button!

Hope you're feeling better

David

6:07 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers guys.

Martha - I drew each button individually. Just picking them out of the box one at a time and adding them to the picture - so the composition just kind of happened.

Oh and the composition I felt it was sub-consciously(??)becoming a map of Wales!

Thank you all.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

oh yea, this is gorgeous. I love buttons anyway and I do love thid sketch. I loved the way you let the composition just happen, I do that do. And welcome to the cult of moleskines! I've been going steady with my watercolor moleskine for awhile now, but keep a moleskine sketchbook too.

12:57 PM  
Blogger ksklein said...

wonderful. and i really do need to get one of these pens too!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

I think the blogs made the Moleskine popular. I have been using Moleskines since they were reintroduced and used to draw on them. Like my other notebooks I threw them away after they were filled. The latest one I filled I had for three years and made 57 drawings on them. I decided to keep this one. I think Van Gogh's Moleskine made it very special for artists.

But you are a master illustrator. I am glad I came here.

5:49 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you guys.

Jane - there is a real freedom to making the composition just happen. I really enjoyed that (on all of these Moleskine pages) I must do more of it.

Ces - I can't believe you throw your books away! I've heard of somebody else say they do this, it would break my heart! I still mourn over books that I have lost in the past. Thanks for the lovely comment.

Ksklein - get one now! They are the only pen I've ever really become attatched too.

Chhers!

9:47 AM  
Blogger pedalpower said...

Your drawings are wonderful. And yup, there's something quite seductive about those little black books!

4:22 AM  
Blogger ksklein said...

I did get a set of them a few months ago and as usual you were right! ;)

They are great and I use mainly these for my illustrations. Unfortunately you can´t get the Sepia toned one here.

3:46 PM  
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9:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Fong said...

Wow i was exactly like this too about Moleskines. Then one thing led to another and now I'm married to a moleskine. They're so nice and makes me feel so much arty-er than I really am haha.

Some of the buttons look like little ninjas...I'm on to you buttons

1:37 AM  

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