Saturday, August 09, 2008

i started something i couldn't finish

Here's a couple of photos of the contribution I made to Miguel's Moleskine for the MoleyX project.

The whole set of photos from that project, so far, can be seen HERE. And, I highly recommend a visit to the blog for a little surprise from one of our drawing blog stars.

I also made a different version of this drawing in my own sketchbook which you can see HERE. Both of these drawings include three gorgeous buttons sent to me by the lovely Emma-Jane. A kettle, a pencil and a ladybird. Can you spot them? Thanks EJ.

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Blogger wagonized said...

So, i was expecting to see your contribution to Miguel's moly and boom, here's this star!!! I am baffled by the fact you think negatively of this -- i think it's grand! It's so fricken grand.
And hooray again for the blue/sepia marriage.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Nita said...

I love the hand where it is. The artist desperately reaching out from being buried (flattened) by buttons. Works for me!

2:36 AM  
Blogger Pippa said...

It's brilliant. I actually love the idea of it being a man doing a star jump. It's as though he (the little man) wants to disguise himself as a button-covered star but he forgot to cover up his hand. I love it! And the cat toy was brilliant. I would love to see a video of you drawing to see how you get the effects you do. Also, I adore the black shoes too. I will never tire of looking at your drawings. And as for the page with the trainers and the doodles and writing: I love it. It's another favourite. I love the drawings you do with writing in them.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Andrea, Andrea, Andrea, you are always so hard on yourself. I really like it! At first glance I thought the button were seashells - sort of a starfish composed of seashells.

Your the artist. You can dislike your own work, but I think it's very good.

1:51 PM  
Blogger V said...

I think the buttons and other tiny treasures are wonderful! If you're not happy with the results, it might be one of those compositional problems, kind of like in a painting where the horizon has been placed dead center and thus seems static. Not to advise you in how to compose your pieces, because we all know you certainly have that mastered...but perhaps if you sketch in the ever so slightest and faintest hints of different fabrics (perhaps celestial patterns??) under the pile of buttons it may "settle" them "into" the page. Just a thought.
Always amazed,

2:03 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

beyond commentary by mere mortals like me - your art work is astounding - (maybe the placement of the hand was your way of telling your subconscious to stop arranging??) anyway I love it

3:48 PM  
Blogger Susan Rudat said...

Andrea...I'll bet that after you walked away from this, then slept, you now appreciate this piece alot more now!

Good to see you on modofly! This was a nice surprise. Keep on drawin'!

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

You are MUCH too hard on yourself! I love that star-shape.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Lost In Wonder said...

I think you're just too close to this. As you said, you've spent a lot of time working on it. I think it's great, and except for the hand button, I would never see it as a man doing a jump.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

You are truly the 'button girl'. These drawings are awesome!! As always!

3:32 PM  
Blogger E-J said...

I feel stupid, as I still can't find the ladybird in the top drawing - but such a thrill to spot the others!! So funny to see that in my own small way, I've made it into the greatest Moly exchange of all time. :-D

I love both drawings, and frankly my rather literal mind doesn't see what's wrong with the resemblance to a starjump. I think it's delightful.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

I just don't know how you get so much detail in your work. Everything about this is amazing. You're a star!

6:08 PM  
Blogger onboardart said...

Your work is amazing! I love that it's so detailed, it's gorgeous!

10:19 PM  
Blogger MILLY said...

It is just fascinating seeing all the buttons together, a great drawing. Watched the video, the moley book with buttons lovely. I bought one of the Japanese moleskine, you are inspiring me to start it.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Computerarte said...

great composition:D

11:00 AM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

It's a wonderful drawing! It's so strange that you don't like it!? It looks awesome, and all the little details are so lovely and fun - like the little frog and teapot, delicious!

1:00 PM  
Blogger ape masta said...

u may not like it, but i, my friend are badass (that's a good thing.)

2:26 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you, folks, for the kind words but as you can see I could no longer live with the drawing, so I deleted it from my blog. There is a link to it, however, on the post. It was just one of those drawings that I couldn't bear. I'm sure you've all had them, haven't you?

EJ, the ladybird is there, peeping ut behind

Susan, it's great to be in such good company.

Ape masta, I've always wanted to be badass. Thanks.

Cheers, everyone.

7:00 PM  
Blogger E-J said...

You went and deleted the Starman! Goddammit, Andrea. When will you realise that the blog is for OUR benefit, not for yours.

8:57 PM  
Blogger purplepaint said...

This is awesome! I am a button fanatic! I just bought another cup of them at the fabric store the other day... And your drawing is fabulous! I could just reach into your blog and snag a couple of these buttons and maybe you'd never notice...

1:17 PM  
Anonymous RukmaPratista said...


I'm really inspired with this art. Those buttons, the composition, I really like it. And the other illustrations are amazing as well.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Robbin Kjellin said...

wow that looks really awesome!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger sameer rao said...

hi good to see your drawing :)

8:44 AM  

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