Tuesday, July 01, 2008

and changes into

I've been trying to get this Moleskine finished before beginning the next one. I know if I don't do it that way I'll never finish it. There are a couple of pages in it that I just couldn't live with. So, I decided to cover them up with a little collage. Collage and drawing, of course. This idea evolved from a drawing that I did in Suzanne's Moleskine for the MoleyX12 group. You can see more about that HERE. And, yes they are REAL stamps. I ain't that good.

(All bugs died of natural causes)

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Anonymous petescully said...

utterly incredible drawing. Good to look at this one close up. Defies belief!!

Those squashed bugs...it reminds me of a few years ago, wasn't bill oddie or someone telling kids to count all the dead bugs on their parents car number plates so they can tell how many bugs there are in the uk, or something?

9:11 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my!!!! This is too truly incredible!! What can I say!! Except wow o wow!!
You guys have the most fabulous exchange! Of course, I think ours is pretty special too!!

10:32 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

Geez freaking Louise!!! You are incredible. Simply incredible. There are no other words to describe. I'm in awe.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Genine said...

Andrea, this is frickin awesome!!!!

2:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Lawson said...

Wow, this is just amazing. Your work is incredible.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Anetka said...

again...jaw dropping!
this is unbelievable Andrea! Great, great stuff!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Megan Wolfe said...

Had to make a second comment on this piece (as I believe I commented on another blog).. Really wonderful work! :) Now that I've seen detail shots I'm even more amazed!

7:45 AM  
Blogger tim said...


The dabs of ink, the blotching, the composition, the anecdotes, the 'oh, that's why she was collecting those dead bugs', the minutiae, the whole.

I think you can stop now. It surely can't get better.

But please don't stop.


9:30 AM  
Blogger Ea said...

Incredible detail and such sensitive control. The colours are so delicately matched and balanced too. Beautiful drawing - you have a special talent for these heaped, drawn collages, and the elements of actual collage just add an extra touch.

9:44 AM  
Blogger no way said...

Wow Andrea! This is too amazing. I love how the whole composition comes together with the combination of the envelopes, the Moleskine paper, the stamps, and all the drawing. You've made it look like such a natural arrangement-I'm in awe.

10:49 AM  
Blogger doubleu said...

You remind me I need to write letters more. But with the internet age, and sometimes (OK often) receiving my neighbor's mail I have a fear of the letters not getting to the right people. I guess I could scan the letters and if they don't get the letter in a month I could email the scanned version...

1:04 PM  
Blogger free[k]hand said...

Wow, Andrea, this is so intense, it's overwhelming. (Mr. Kafka would be delighted)

1:48 PM  
Blogger wagonized said...

That's it. You're the queen of color. How you managed to give the color to these envelopes blows me away. For a split second, i thought it was indeed the Japanese Moleskine but no!
I can't believe you managed to render the craft paper with its lines. Darn it, Andrea. You are incredible.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I love how you've worked the stamps into your design - did you buy the stamps specially for this project or did you have them lying around waiting for a suitable project?

The envelopes and insects are so amazingly realistic - how do you always manage to make dead bugs look so beautiful?!

I really have to get myself involved in one of these exchanges - they look like so much fun.

6:11 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

I don't know what this says about me, but can I tell you that I'm a bit relieved you didn't draw the stamps? It was a bit much for my heart to take. But I honestly thought that you had. You've done it again.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Margaret Ann said...

Speechless.....DANG!!! :)

6:33 AM  
Blogger Joan Y said...

Ok, how can a great thing get any better? I checked out your drawing in Suzanne's moly and that blew me totally away (and yes, I was one of the people that thought you drew the stamps, which in my book, is not unrealistic ... I mean, you ARE that awesome! Then, I see this one and you blew me away yet again!! I mean, dang, Suzanne's moly must have taken you forever ... and then you do another one!!!! I am loving your art ... and I am also loving your tenacity. What a role model you are! I'm going to draw now! :)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

Another wonderful drawing. Great idea too. x

11:38 AM  
Blogger Pippa said...

WOW! Absolutely amazing! I am gob-smacked!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

You are really something! Your creativity knows no bounds and I am so happy I get to see them! Just wonderful!

3:55 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...


Wow, thanks. You know, I had no intention of posting this. I just haven't made any new work for the past couple of weeks. I felt it was a 'filler' in my Moleskine - which I just really want to fill. There are elements of it that I like, but was really unsure of the whole.

I am continually surprised at the pieces of work that people really respond to. I love that. Thank you all. I'm very humbled.


10:02 PM  
Blogger hfm said...

I love it!

10:26 AM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

I agree with all the comments and don't have much more to say... I think it's amazing, too. And very very beautiful. I absolutely love your drawings and some are just like that, incredible!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Rock Kyndl said...

Not only is the artwork incredible; but the handwriting is totally beautiful.
I always like to visit this beacon in the blogosphere.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Breathtaking! Your art never ceases in surprising me and intriguing me!

5:50 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks for the kind words, folks. I appreciate each and everyone of your comments.


9:45 AM  
Blogger E-J said...

I thought I had already commented on this one, but it doesn't seem I have. It is superwonderful! The sepia and blue together are just achingly gorgeous.

3:18 PM  

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