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February 28, 2015

Drawing Across Used Journal Pages

A little bird told me about an upcoming exhibition in London featuring Fran Giffard's body of work that layers the wild over the domestic. After she filled up her personal moleskine journal with writing, Giffard did some repurposing and began to paint birds over all of its used pages with aquarelle, gouache, and graphite pencil. The result is a vivid safari adventure through an unexpectedly personal landscape.

While birdwatching, I caught sight of wedding dates, grocery lists, vacation plans, even diary entries. Weirdly intimate information about a stranger, which makes me feel like I’m flipping through something I know I shouldn’t be looking at. Sometimes the birds are painted alongside the text, carefully leaving the words unobscured. Other times, their plumage covers entire chunks of writing and I realize how nosy I am being trying to read someone else's journal. That's something you're not supposed to do, isn't it? Too bad, because I can't look away.

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November 5, 2012

Sketchbooks with Infinite Detail

I don't have a patient hand when it comes to drawing. I tend to move the pen quickly and skip the details. My perspective is off, my lines are crooked and the drawing is typically made on something ephemeral, like a random scrap of something. And then I move on.

The sketchbook of Mattias Adolfsson is the opposite of mine in every which way. There's tons of detail, patient lines, and incredible depth and perspective. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how this is all done within the confines of a Moleskine sketchbook. Below is a selection of my favorite and it goes without saying that you should visit his site and see them in even greater detail.

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May 21, 2012

All The Pretty Ladies

One of my first true loves was Wendy, a run-down all-blue Nissan (Datsun) Stanza. Some of my most memorable stories (from my teenage years) could be traced back to my old "deep blue" and I couldn't help but reminisce while looking at the "Ladies" set of illustrated cars by France Belleville-Van Stone. It's easy to see why: Most of the watercolor drawings reveal the innate character and age of each vehicle, with strokes that feel almost like wrinkles on a person.

I wonder what Wendy looks like now. Is she just scrap at a junk yard? Or is she, even with all her imperfections, someone else's first true love.

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January 5, 2012

White With Fear

These are not doodles, they are life like character drawings found in Chamo San's moleskine and I cannot stop looking at them. Each one seems to tell of a moment in time with no beginning or end, just a middle. And take note of the white marks, what perfect subtlety.

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February 4, 2010

Life As I Go

She started with a Strathmore pocket sketchbook, spiralbound hardback. Continued on a Moleskine Cahier Plain Journal, softback. Finally settled on a Moleskine Notebook Plain Sketchbook, hardback. Whatever it is, Elaine draws out her daily life in the pages of these books. She fills the pages with lists, her objectives, thrift shop price stickers, quotes and everything in between. I got lost in her doodles simply because they are unpretentious and sincere.

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October 22, 2008

Featured: Chris Piascik

According to CNN's countdown to the election: (as of this post) we are exactly 12 days, 7 hours and 8 minutes from going to the polls. Chris Piascik doodles every day, but lately his Moleskine is filled with page after page of political observations done in beautiful hand-drawn typography. I have to admit that even my own doodles (usually random thoughts, like daydreams that make no sense) have been clouded by the 2008 election.

For Chris' feature, I had to stop myself from wanting to showcase his more familiar work (art unrelated to politics) of beautiful paintings, gocco prints and daily drawings, so that I could focus your attention on a set of images that speaks the real truth about his work: he can even make the words "Sarah Palin is trash(y)" look good. Click to view »

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