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Phyllis Fights Perfectionism and Doesn’t Even Break a Sweat

Above: A sketch of Phyl while she colors—she likes to hold the book in her lap, not on her desk. Pen and watercolor in the Moleskine Sketchbook I was recently testing. The sketch is from May, but today's post is about something that happened Wednesday while she was sketching… I sat opposite Phyl. She held […]

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A Quick Sketch To Work On Simplifying

Above: A quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine with new whiter paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement and read below for more details. Towards the end of the tester Moleskine that I was filling in May I experimented with the scale and size of things I sketched. I also did […]

Moleskine Myths: They Open Flat?

Above: A quick sketch of Dick sitting on the TV room couch next to a bright light. I worked in a new Moleskine with the whiter, more absorbent paper. Look at the gutter area and the offset that prevented me from working across the page. There’s flat and then there’s flat. People who use Moleskines […]

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Sketching at the Charlie Maguire and Steve Cormier Concert

Above: Pencil and watercolor sketch of Steve Cormier in a Moleskine with the new whiter and more absorbent paper. Click on an image to view an enlargement. It was great to get out and hear Charlie Maguire and Steve Cormier singing songs of cowboys and farmers on Friday, May 20 at the Ginkgo on Snelling […]

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Moleskine with Black Pages

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I Don’t Like Moleskines, but…

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Suzanne Hughes and Her Accordion Books at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective; And A Peek in Some of the Member’s Journals in April 2012

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One More Link while We’re at It

I received a note from Lyn over at Moleskiners: Notebooking as a Lifestyle, and she wanted to post a link to my Weirdo Journal video. I didn't know about this site before. I don't use Moleskines (and yes Lyn knew that my video wasn't about working in a Moleskine), and I don't search around for […]

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More Commercially Made Sketchbooks

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Above: More commercially manufactured sketchbook/journals, I've not discussed on the blog before (with one exception). In the text below I discuss them by "letter-label." Click on the image to view the enlargement.

On a recent trip to Wet Paint (where I’m happy to report they have all three sizes of the Fabriano Venezia hardcovered journal if you enjoy working in that book) I picked up a couple more sketchbooks to test out. (I can’t help myself. I am aware that at some point I will not be able to bind my own books any more and I want to be prepared with alternatives—at least that’s what I always tell myself.)

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Commercially Made Sketchbooks: Hand•book Journals

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Above: ©2009 Roberta Avidor. This New York City view of water towers atop buildings is from the visual journal Roberta keeps in a Hand•book Journal. Here she sketches with a black Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Aquarelle colored pencil and Sennelier pan watercolors. (This sketch is from a large-sized journal which is around 6 x 9 inches.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Today we have fabulous GUEST ART! Eye candy. The images in today’s post are by one of my favorite artists, my friend Roberta Avidor. She is an illustrator of immense talent. She has a quick sense of humor and is kind and supportive. She keeps one of the most visually stunning visual journals I’ve ever seen. Along with her husband Ken, she is great fun on sketch outs. (Ken also keeps an amazing visual journal. He was my first Profile Friday.) You can see more of her work at her website and here.

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