The Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party Is Monday, January 19, 2014

January 12, 2015

141020_RimbaudLeft: Brush pen sketch of Rimbaud.

Just because Rimbaud won't be there is no reason you shouldn't attend the Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party.

Not only will attendees partner up to sketch each other, but the resultant paired portraits will be pasted up to print across the spread from each other in an editioned book we will also make at the party. (Can life be any more exciting than this? Create content, print a book, bind a book all in 3 hours?!)

Really, this is so much fun it should be illegal.

What you need to know:

Monday, January 19, 2014

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

At the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Bring a black pen you like to sketch with. (Paper will be provided.)

All skill levels are welcome. Don't miss out on the fun because your internal critic says you can't draw people. Come and join in and I'm sure you'll realize you can draw people. The book we make is a simple structure that anyone can bind—we will walk you through it.

There will be a small fee (I don't know exactly what it is yet, it's usually $5) to cover paper and copier costs. Bring exact cash or a check because the shop is closed and there is no way to give you change.

Group Co-ordinator Suzanne Hughes is also looking for volunteers to help with various tasks (some as simple as carrying printed pages downstairs from the copier to the collating tables), so contact her at sznnhghs at gmail dot com to ask her how you can help.

Don't miss out on the fun! I hope to see you all there, especially if you have wild and crazy hair.

Read this post to see the fun we get up to at these portrait parties.

We did our first portrait party in January 2009, inspired by Rama Hughes' Portrait Party Blog. Making an editioned book to commemorate the evening just seemed natural to a bunch of book artists.

The only reason I can think of for non-attendance is if you don't live in the Twin Cities area. If you don't, ask yourself why? And then you can read this overview of the process so you can throw your own portrait party.

    • Julana ys
    • January 12, 2015

    Hi Roz, I have splurged on the pentel pocket brush pen, and would like to know if it should be stored up, down, or sideways? Can’t find that. (I do not want your winters!)

    • Alison A
    • January 12, 2015

    LOVE this drawing… those eyes…

  1. Reply

    Congratulations Julana on getting a PPBP. They are wonderful.

    I have stored my every which way. The only time I care how it is stored is when it’s in my purse. For safety I like to store it upright in my pack/purse.

    My pencil case is upright and all my pens are stored that way in my pack/purse.

    I have to say however that I have NEVER HAD ONE LEAK and even after traveling in a plane with one. I do this only because of “insurance,” why tempt fate?

    I have them laying horizontally on every desk and table in the house and some in pencil holders upright.

    I’ve never had a problem with any storage option. They always write—uniess they are running out of ink, and then all you have to do is put in a new cartridge. I have also had some sit for a month or more on a table while I used others and it still flowed perfectly.

    It was of course capped.

    When putting in the first cartridge in a new pen I find that I have to sometimes shake it a bit. And then I slowly stroke the tip across some paper repeatedly to get the ink going. Once there is ink coming through the bristles you don’t have to do anything—never have to shake it etc.Don’t slam the tip into the paper or you’ll risk hurting the bristles.

    Have fun.

    Have fun.

  2. Reply

    Thanks Alison, I’m glad you liked it. The eyes are the best part as far as I’m concerned too.

    • Julana
    • January 12, 2015

    Thank you!

  3. Reply

    Very dramatic rendering: LOVE IT!

  4. Reply

    Thanks Ellen, he had very interesting hair!

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