Monday, March 02, 2009

all the weaving of my dreams

Well, sorry to leave you hanging like that. I've been a little busy. And, I've been struggling with this drawing. It's been a love hate relationship. I've given up on it a couple of times, then I've given in and worked on it some more, then finally, after a couple of weeks, I finished it. It's another drawing from, erm, 'my book' (!). Which is another reason I've been away for so long - getting ready for Bologna. Yikes, folks, it's getting close.

So, click on the drawing to get a better view. Go on, stick your beaks in.

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Blogger claire-elizabeth said...

that drawing is stunning! i love it! It looks like if I touched it, it would feel soft, you've drawn the texture amazingly

8:09 PM  
Blogger littlemithi said...

MMMMMMmmm.... warm and fuzzy .....

Oh! Just recognised Claire in the comment above .. wave wave ... want a small world ...

8:57 PM  
Anonymous brendan said...

hi andrea,
do you draw for yourself or others?

8:59 PM  
Blogger ale balanzario said...

Beautiful work, wow, you did it again, Me encanto, y los treboles, una belleza.

9:36 PM  
Blogger fredsscratchings said...

Just a fabulous piece. You turn out some real neat stuff,particularly when you struggle with it.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Filipa said...

i'm in love with it =)

9:59 PM  
Blogger beckasharpe said...

This drawing looks wonderfully touchy feely!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

The colors is this insanely beautiful drawing make my heart beat faster... You are one talented woman!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Beth Baxter said...

Great drawing, I love your whimsical descriptions!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Lawson said...

wonderful—loved it even more up close when I stuck my beak in.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Maggie Scheibe said...


11:16 PM  
Blogger Mark Hill said...

Simply gorgeous, Andrea. I am constantly amazed at what you do with the lowly ball-point pen. Amazing!

11:41 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

Comforting, lovely, and fun!! One would never know you struggled so with it. Charming! :)

12:07 AM  
Blogger Mixed Media Martyr said...

Ooooooh! Now I wish I could touch this hat!! Absolutely beautiful!!

12:47 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

What fabulous colour and amazing detail Andrea! Love the text too - very amusing!

1:22 AM  
Blogger skywind said...

Oh, look very good hat. Too beautiful. I love it. :)

1:48 AM  
Blogger PC4u said...

Amazing work as always! I love the detail and the colors. It reminds me of a winter hat I loved.

6:12 AM  
Blogger The Gypsy said...

Very very tacitile! Great texture, great colours. So what it took so long? Look at the result. I am glad you came back to it. One of the comments asked: Do you draw for yourself or for others? Interesting question! Do you dare answer :-) - I have another question on one of my blogs ( - For Women Only) - do you dare answer that, too? lol

6:59 AM  
Blogger Felicity said...

Oh, instant favourite, I love it! Fab colours and those toggles have more than a touch of Brian Froud about them - wonderful!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Claire M said...

This is a gorgeous page! Makes me want to order one for myself. Thanks for sharing.

3:14 PM  
OpenID anaislee said...

WOW! Congrats on the exhibition! I used to buy Bologna Illustration catalogs every year. I wish I will have a chance to see the exhibition one day. Good luck!

9:07 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

I am now laughing at the "stick your beak in" line. Unawares I kept getting closer and closer to the screen until my daughter asked why was I going to kiss the 'puter.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Genine said...

brilliant!! Can't imagine what it looks like in person.

9:57 PM  
Blogger G. said...


12:08 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

Amazing color! Wish I could reach out and touch it!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

It is fantastic. I love it. I am fond of green.

10:29 AM  
OpenID rachelhoward said...

That's so beautifully drawn - tell me it's not biro! Unless you've got a really cool selection of colours... :-)

Anyway whatever the medium it's wonderfully fluffy and really life like. I still love the notes you add to your work. You should be in marketing. ;)

You're going to brighten a lot of days at the exhibition.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Spinneretta said...

Oh how lovely- and what a fun design, very springy!!

6:37 PM  
Blogger pedalpower said... much do I love this?! I can't even tell you. I'm a knitter and a you can figure it out!

I wanted to tell you (very late) that I loooove the print I bought for you... and I will blog about it when I get it up in my little room. Just taking me longer than I thought to do that!

10:14 PM  
Blogger pedalpower said...

oops...bought FROM you...I really need to read before I hit "publish"

10:16 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all SO much, folkies.

This one took ages. A real struggle, but I think I kinda like it now.

Brendan, that is a huge question which I don't think I could answer. No, I just don't think I could answer that.

Rachel, yes, it is biro. And, yes, I have lots and lots of colours. All extremely cheap.

Joyce, thank you.

Cheers, m'dears.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Wow, the top comment used the word stunning..I'll use it too!

3:38 AM  
Blogger Margaret Ann said...


6:50 AM  
Anonymous seuss said...

andrea, you are now BACK!
it has been awhile since you drew something new.
what happened?

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Stephen Hall said...

This is wonderful and I love it. the fluffiness jumps out at you. The text makes it unique and special and so glad it will appear in your book,it has to be a big book that you can put on the table and ask friends to browse while you cook, I cook really slow ... :-)

7:53 PM  
Blogger edgar cabrera said...

oh my gosh this is beautiful Andrea! Can't believe you patience and attention to detail

12:34 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I need a good spring cap to cheer me up here in muddy Janesville. Your cap would be just the ticket for my eyes that are so hungry for green. What a delightful lot of detail you have woven into this noggin.

4:05 AM  
Blogger wagonized said...

This is fab. I love it and i love you!

2:15 AM  
Blogger Stephen Gardner said...

YOU ARE AWESOME, I don't like to use that word generally speaking but you leave me no choice.

12:52 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

This is really fabulous - I was given the link to your blog via dinahmow, and I'm very much enjoying your work here. I'm a sucker for hand-written captions and commentary combined with pictorial elements, which you do very well.

Good luck in Bologna. I went 2 years ago. Rather overwhelming with the sheer number of things to see!

6:43 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks, folks.
Just a great big THANKS.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

soooo gorgeous!!!!!!!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Rock Kyndl said...

Magic. Pure magic.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah Ketelaars said...

This is wonderful! I'm soooo glad you're doing a book - i can't wait to buy it!

9:56 AM  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

It's amazing the way you manage to capture texture with a ball pin - this is wonderful!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Allan Barbeau said...

It's cOol to see some nice colored ballpoint pen pictures . It show me that I'm not the only one crasy about this technique !! C U

7:10 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

It's awesome! However, I do think it'd be easier to knit this hat than to have drawn it - and I don't knit too well. :)

Do you ever come to Maine? I would very much like to watch you draw.

Good luck in Bologna! (Now that I have realized you're not illustrating a book about the lunchmeat but going to the place. Silly me!)

5:04 PM  
Blogger nOeL said...

Andrea, your work is truly inspiring! I adore all the textures! Keep 'em coming! :)

3:34 PM  
Anonymous janey said...

Beautitus. Fuzzy hats are so much fun.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Revelle said...

Just gorgeous! You must put prints up on Etsy and I'll be first in line!

3:37 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks thanks tahnks everybody.

Sue, funnily enough I've always wanted to go to maine. It is there right on the top of my list - I think it's down to John Irving being my favourite writer. I'm a very reluctant public sketcher though. And, that's down to being so shy!

Cheers, everyone, your comments make my day.

12:56 AM  

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