Monday, December 01, 2008

i've been waiting for you

So the final final page of my Moley. The Sepia One. That's it.
And, here's some stats;

53 drawings.
1 drawing I have never (and will never) show.
1 drawing I showed and the deleted.
1 ripped out page (at the very beginning, before I considered collage)
3 drawings with a little added collage.
13 sepia drawing with a little added colour.
30 I like.
13 I don't like.
5 I despise.
12 sepia pens (ish).
1 year and 8 months.
More than 300 hours drawing. Way more.
16 shoes or boots.
1001 Faves on Flickr.
Loads of gorgeous comments (thank you).

My own personal favourite is THIS ONE.
Or maybe THIS ONE.
The most popular drawing was THIS.

And, if this all sounds like I'm blowing my own trumpet, well, I'd just like to draw your attention back to the amount of hours put into this bloody book. Well over 300 hours. So yes, I'll milk it. And now I'll close the book and put it away until I can bear to look at it again. I'll give it at least six months.

View the whole book HERE.
More works from the Andrea Joseph collection can be viewed HERE.

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35 Comments:

Blogger suzanne cabrera said...

Hahaha...toot away. You deserve it! Incredible. I love this...just love it. The perfect, perfect finish.

2:23 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I always wondered which you liked the most & now I know!

2:25 AM  
Blogger wagonized said...

I know i've said it before... but if there is such a thing as reincarnation, boy, can i come back as one of your Moleskines? We would spend some serious quality time together -- 300 hours listening to Neil Young, Paul Weller, the Smiths (!) together...
This final spread sort of gives me the chills. There is something a tad melancholic about it.
Now i am off to stare at it some more... and "FAVE" it on Flickr!

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

What commitment! 300 hours, over a year to fill this one book!
Just so amazing and I love this last one.
I am glad to be here at the start of new moley!

3:30 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

It is so hard to say anything because comments can't express the respect and admiration your art work generates - I am usually at a loss for words when I look at your pages -
I enjoyed the entire moleskine -several times - earlier this week when i should have been cleaning -

Thanks for sharing your wonderful art

4:08 AM  
OpenID trudger said...

Congratulations! I love tallying stats like that. My favorites were either "today I am a small blue thing" or the tea tag one... I can't decide. I just watched the whole book as a slideshow while listening to a classical music station... a very enjoyable experience.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Told you. Buttons!

Now my evil side says that now I want to see the ones you ripped out.

How many hours?

6:28 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

P.S. I posted a blurb about your print on my blog this evening. Scroll down to the bottom of the most recent post. Thanks for permission.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Incredible! What a super collection of drawings. Thank you for sharing with us, who don't have to spend a single cent to be entranced and encouraged.
w.

7:13 AM  
Blogger bigbloggyblogthingbloke said...

Absolutely brilliant. Really outstanding work. You should be very proud. Now you have the eternal problem of staring at the blank empty page of a new moley wondering what to kick it off with!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

You do beautiful work! (Found you through Rick Green's blog)

11:50 AM  
Blogger Pippa said...

Woohoo! Well done! You have done amazingly. Oh to flick through that Moleskine. It really is absolutely wonderful. What a great idea for the last page, too.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Judith HeartSong said...

this is a horn tooting accomplishment and I will add to the din. The book is fantastic... the commitment admirable!

12:57 PM  
OpenID africantapestry said...

Your work is just always exquisite...!
Ronell

5:45 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

WOW, clap, clap, clap, congratulations on such an amazing collection - now publish it??!!

6:50 PM  
Blogger vivien said...

they look great all seen together like that (flickr) - my sketchbooks are far messier! and yes, collage is extremely useful for rescuing work that went wrong - or simply covering it u! with good strong glue so it won't peel off and reveal the disaster below :>D

7:25 PM  
Blogger Stephen Hall said...

I want to see the ones you don't want anyone to see, bet they are fab. Oh and don't hide the Moley away, pop it in the post, I'll look after it and promise to return it in six months time (if I haven't sold it for millions on ebay - wa ha ha!)

7:47 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Toot that horn. For people like me that have no drawing talent, that book is awesome. Love the detail you get in your drawings, and can't wait till you post more.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Monette Satterfield said...

Your work is just lovely to look at. It just holds the eye and keeps giving it something to discover.

Congratulations on finishing the book too - I have problems finishing things as well.

I think it's because I'm better at starting things and have so many projects at one time :)

6:38 PM  
Anonymous nina roos said...

i like your drawings very much.

9:54 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all so much, folks.

I feel like you are ALL a part of this Moley. And, of course, you are.

Kathleen, I'm glad I interrupted your cleaning. God knows, I haven't done any in the last..um.. what was it? One year and eight months.

Thank you ALL. I really really appreciate your kind words. This would never have got finished if it wasn't for your continual encouragement. Cheers my dears.

12:04 AM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

Fabulous work. You deserve all the comments and faves and much more! There's an award for you on my blog if you want to pick it up (if you don't, it's still for you : )

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Rachel H said...

What a brilliant idea for the last page! I agree - it's melancholy, but in my favourite sort of way. It's great that you've done a review like this because it's given me chance to see what you were doing earlier in the year before I started following your blog. I think my favourite is the cat toy - the wispy bits are fabulous.

Really beautiful stuff and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the next book brings.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I love being able to look back over these pages. My personal favorite is the beets.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Tamsin Ainslie said...

Your blog is great! and your drawing is wonderful

3:44 AM  
Blogger Cécile said...

Hi Andrea,
thank you for your blog, I really enjoyed looking at your drawings. What progress you have made througout the years... Bravo! It's inspiring, and quite stunning!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous pavinee said...

I really adore your set of sepia one. Wish I could have the whole set! Do you plan to publish it as a book?

May I blog about your work?, I usually talk about illustrators that inspire me. Your work really great and I want my friends seeing them too!

10:21 AM  
Blogger no way said...

Wow Andrea....and I should just leave it at that! The amount of time, precision, planning, layering, etc., etc. is just amazing. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next. No pressure...

12:47 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks, everyone.

The response to this post has been very touching. And, the Flickr Faves have increased considerabley!

It's really interesting to know which drawings are other peoples faves. Not many people agree with my own favourites, at all! But, I like that. It always makes things interesting. For example, Sherry, I would never have guessed ANYONE would choose the beets.

Thank you for the award, Kazumiwannabe. And thank you ALL for the kind comments.

Pavinee, of course you can blog about my stuff. I'd be chuffed, thanks. And, you know, I do want to do something with this book. I'm not sure about it being published, but watch this space....

Cheers, guys and dolls.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Creative19 said...

Beautiful piece of work. I'd like to keep your name on file. If I can ever find a way of getting a client to commission original illustration, then you're at the top of my list.

1:13 AM  
Blogger purplepaint said...

Andrea - congratulations!!!! I'd love to hold this in my hands and be able to study it! Your art is so inspiring!

12:02 AM  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

If I had a "trumpet" like this I'd be knocking spots off Miles Davis!
Keep 'em coming, please, Andrea.

11:43 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

If I had a "trumpet" like this I'd be knocking spots off Miles Davis!
Keep 'em coming, please, Andrea.

11:43 PM  
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