Wednesday, July 04, 2012

many dreams have been brought to your doorstep

Over the years I've heard many people say that they find starting a new sketchbook the hardest part. They become frozen with the fear of messing it up. Especially, it seems, when it comes to Moleskine sketchbooks. Why is it that they are so intimidating? Is it because of the history of Moleskine? The prestige? Or is it just 'cos they are not cheap that makes you want to take extra care? Funnily enough, I never have that problem. I LOVE to start a new sketchbook. I (almost) cannot wait until I get home. I'm scribbling my name in it in the car (almost). No, I have the opposite problem.

This is the last but drawing of my travel themed Moleskine. There's just one more little page to fill. It's a travel sketchbook with a bit of a twist as I've created all the drawings at home with the souvenirs and memorabilia that I have brought back from my trips. Actually, not just my trips. This book also contains souvenirs from my friends travels too. That's the good thing about being a memorabilia artist; people always seem to bring me bits and bobs back from their trips. For example, a friend brought this back from the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery, London, earlier this year.

I started this Moleskine on the 29th of April 2009. I cannot even begin to think of how many hours work, and love, have gone into it. I think that it is my favourite sketchbook so far. In fact, it most definitely is. I am very proud of it. And now there is just one more page to go. Will I ever finish it?

You can see the whole of the sketchbook (minus that last blank page) HERE.

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Blogger Nikira said...

I also love starting new sketchbooks, but somewhere after the middle I get some doubts and regrets that I waste to many pages for quick scribblings and I pile things on each other to get rid of bad feelings. :-) Your drawings great and serious.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Prix Dekanun said...

I'm one of those who can never start a sketchbook, even with a full stack of them waiting for me. I think we see such gorgeous ones like yours, and get really afraid with our result. Reality can be cruel.

1:00 AM  
Blogger nanke's stuff said...

I've been catching up on what you've been doing, and as always, it's just wonderful, entertaining, and informative! nancy

6:11 PM  
Blogger suzanne cabrera said...

No wonder it's your favorite Andrea. It is absolutely stunning. And...I would LOVE to know how many hours were embedded in it. Perhaps a record next go round?

7:47 PM  
Blogger Sue Pownall said...

I always turn over the first page and start a sketchbook there but frequently have blank pages at the end too when I need more pages for a sketching trip - what a waste of pages.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Jenny Frith said...

beautiful! i really like your style of drawings. i love starting new sketchbooks.... so much so that I have a hard time finishing the new projects i begin!

1:58 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers, guys.

I'm glad others understand about the whole sketchbook thing. I probably have about ten on the go. My problem is the time. I never seem to have enough. Now, if somebody would just pay me to complete sketchbooks....

Thanks, lovelies.

10:17 PM  

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