Saturday, December 13, 2008

Here's mine

I decided to do a self portrait based on where I'm at now... trying to get my life more in balance and deal with too many things on my "to do" lists... I'm looking forward to working on Heidi's portrait! I hope it turns out like how it looks in my head!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Who to draw?

There appears to be a little confusion about who we draw in other people's molys. I was under the impression that we draw the person who the book belongs to and ourself. However, Amrita thought that we draw ourself and the person before us in line. Could someone clear this up for us. I have received Amy's moly from Amrita and would love to get started!

Thanks so much!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Update on moleskines.

I just wanted to update on progress. I am almost done with my moly and will hopefully be able to ship it out by the end of this week. I finally finished gathering some more photos to add to the moly for it's travel to everyone. Also recieved Linda's potrait moly last night.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shante's Introduction

Hello everyone *waves. My name is Shante Bullock and I live in Arlington, VA.
I work full time as a project administrator at a non-profit. After 6+ years of an art block, I started doing art again Jan 2007 spurred on by a silk screen class. I am finding my way again in the art world and in creating. I love to do portraits & people in general, which is one reason I’m super psyched about this project. I am so happy to be in this group and can’t wait to participate and see all of your contributions to the moleskins.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Hi everyone! Just wanted to stay in the loop and let everyone know that I should have my moly finished and ready to send to Micha by the end of this week. How is everyone else doing?

Hope all had an enjoyable weekend!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't introduced myself yet. So here it goes.

I'm excited to get started on this. This is my first portrait moly exchange. Happiness!

I started visual journaling only recently (about 3 years ago) as a continuation of my journey towards self discovery. My first and still ongoing visual journal is called, Growing Pains. I am also almost done with Sabrina Ward Harrison's visual journal workbook, The True and The Questions.

I teach art history and aesthetics and I'm a book illustration category thesis adviser 4 days a week this semester. I love drawing every chance I get, I use watercolor, ink, watercolor crayons, color pencil, ephemeras, rubberstamps (bought and personally carved) on my visual journal pages. I also make cloth dolls and cloth sculptures and wirework jewelry and sculptures. I've recently started to make shrines and am at the moment exploring assemblage as a medium.

I'm looking forward to interacting with all of you. I've checked out your stuff and I find them all so refreshing, interesting and inspiring.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

mine is finished

Hi peoples, i am Pepparmynta!
I am in my forties and I live in Stockholm, Sweden where I work as a mail sorter. I do not work full time (mail sorting is too boring!). Anyways, my moleskine is finished now and I will send it as soon as possible!
Happy Halloween everybody!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hi, I’m Linda Jeffers from Arlington VA, USA. I work full time as a computer programmer. I started out as an art major in college many years ago, but got sidetracked. So after not doing any art for about 18 years, I started up again in 2007. I’m going back to college at night to take an art class each semester and I just finished my mid-term assignments.

I hope to have my sign-in page and portrait done and delivered to Shante by Friday. I lucked out, she’s a good friend and lives near me so I can hand deliver it to her on a very special day in the US, Halloween. I am so excited about this and already love what everyone has started creating. I’m thinking of doing a Halloween / Fall theme for my sign-in… where everyone can draw themselves or someone in a costume, or a piece of candy, or a leaf falling, or anything they feel like with their sign in name.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kissy Face

This is the second drawing of myself that I attempted in my little Moly.
It turned out far better than my first attempt.
This one actually resembles me.
My first attempt looks more like The Donger from 16 Candles.
Have a great weekend, y'all!
This is on the way to you Suzette.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kat's introduction

Hey everyone! I am Katina and I live in Ontario, Canada. I have a background in arts through education: BA in Fine Arts (major in Graphic Design and two minors - creative writing and visual art).

Right now I currently work as a full-time graphic designer and I love my job! I look forward to going to it almost everyday. Not everyone can say that they love their job! I also have an etsy shop, where I am selling my art and I am looking forward to getting enough pieces together to have another art show. Oh and also I do freelance graphic design work on the side.

I am also going to be adding a cd with a play list to portray my life up to the time of the portrait I will be producing... Kind of like a timeline. & music is a huge part of my life, so I thought I would include it.

I am looking forward to seeing everyones pieces! Cheers!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Andrea's Intro

Hi all,

My name is Andrea Martinez, I am a compulsive doodler. Realistic drawing isn't really my strong point, so I've joined up in this exchange to try and challenge myself. I hope y'all won't hate my drawings of your lovely faces. I live in Reno, I am attending grad school to become a teacher, I love live music and road trips. If you want to know more about me or my work, check out my other blogs, art, photo & music related. I am looking forward to this!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Suzette's Intro

Hello, all. My name is Suzette Vida, and I live in Virginia Beach, VA. I work a couple of days a week at a small toy store and the rest of the week is spent at home with my 6 month old son, Max. I'm an English major and a self taught artist, and I'm very excited about being a part of a project with other artists that I've seen and admired on flickr. I'm a major procrastinator, so I'm going to try and stay on top of things as best I can.

Monday, October 13, 2008

sign in

mid-term is this week :'(
i have zillions of drawings this week
but during weekend
i decided to give myself a break
by doing my sign in page :-)
so colorful^-^

you have to color heart when you get it!!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Robert's Intro

This is Robert. I live in western Colorado, USA. I'm a married, father of two. I currently work as a telecommunications engineer. I'm attending college (again) with hopes of acquiring a degree in business/marketing (even though I don't have a clue what I'll do with it once I get it). Since I'm working about 50hrs per week now, I'm only taking two courses; Statistics and Spanish.

I've never had formal art training. Even though my Dad and one sister are VERY artistic, we didn't ever teach each other or collaborate on anything growing up. I think the last art class I had was in 7th grade.

Time is my major stumbling block. I usually have more on my mind than I have time to work on. Saddly, my art often takes a back seat to other things. My art process usually consists of drawing from around 10PM to 2AM (when everyone is asleep), then dragging around the rest of the next day.

I'll try to get some descent pictures up for the group. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's art work!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My page 1!

It was one of those days when I drew it. My default state is normally a lot more chipper ;)

heiDi :-D

hello everyone
i guess we have to take turn to introduce

let see
mine is not as fancy as other ppl :'(

this is my first time involving moleskin exchange;
i am glad i can be part of moly_x_portrait 2

currently i am attending college for creative studies
in detroit, michigan
this is my second year studying Industrial/Product Design.

even my major is product design,
my high school portfolio was revolving
illustration and fine art
which led me here to where i am.

during my high school year,
ive been entering national scholastic art and writing
and received fairly many awards
and in my senior year
i was selected as national silver portfolio award

my nationality is korean
i wish i can add some asian spirit into our portraits :-D

i am so excited to start this!
go us ^-^

Friday, October 3, 2008

Intro - Jen

My name is Janice, I live in Melbourne Australia, Melbourne is down the bottom of Australia so it's not really 'outback' but I grew up in the outback so I can talks about Kangaroos and Koalas enough to impress the tourists.

By day I work as a production manager making toys and charity promotions, it's a semi creative job, so it keeps me interested and I work with great people so it's fun!

I'm an obsessive crafter, I bind books, sew, cook, embroider, dabble as a printmaker and paint and draw of course.

I like to stash work at my blog & Flickr and I'm also organising the Melbourne Sketchcrawl.

Illustrators I admire are people like Tim Biskup, portrait artists like Jean Pederson and journallers like Roz stendahl.

I hope to develop a series of work and dabble in artbook creation in the near future.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's work in the near future.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

All About Amy

Hello all! Yay, we're finally beginning!

Okay, introduction, let's see.
I'm a loud-mouthed Australian cartoonist and animator living in Portland OR with my Midwestern husband. I used to work at Disney's Sydney studio before we were shut down in the 2D purge. I loved my job there, but luckily I was able to springboard straight from Disney to comics with two graphic novels at Tokyopop and I'm currently prepping some possible work with Boom Studios. I also work freelance at LAIKA studios here in Portland, a town I adore (microbrew capital of America, what's an Aussie girl not to love??)
In my spare time I share fanart with the squealing fangirl hordes on deviantart, play Rock Band with friends, knit socks and collect vintage ephemera(old women's magazines a particular weakness).
I also produce the webcomic Thorn 3 times a week and you can find links to all my art dumps at my blog.

Tim's Intro

Hey gang,

So, a little about myself, huh? I'm a part-time graphic designer/illustrator/web guy...I also teach skiing full-time in the winters, most recently managing the ski school at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills in southeast NY state.

I attended the School of Art & Design at Alfred University and really loved the drawing classes I did in my first 2 years there. I'm trying to recapture the enthusiasm I felt for art back that end I'm trying to draw everything and have been pushing myself in the last year or so to be more prolific. I've joined a open figure drawing group that meets every Monday night at Steve Carpenter's Studio here in Rochester, NY. That's been a great experience and I'm really seeing my chops come back.

Feel free to check out my latest drawings at my Flickr page, I also have a extremely infrequently updated blog that you can check out.

Looking forward to this project...I'm gonna order my moly from Amazon right now!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ready, Set, GO!

I just got confirmation from the last person that will be joining our group, so we are all set to go! I updated the rotation on the right. Please make sure you get the mailing address of the person you will be sending to. As Amy commented in the last post, I think we should aim for mailing our molys out by the end of October. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. Also, I'd encourage people to post intros so we can all get to know one another a little, and keep us updated on your progress as you get ready to send and/or receive another's moly.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Let' get this portrait party started!

You will need a moleskine book. A lot of people in moly_x_portrait1 are using the same Japanese fold pocket Moleskine that we use for the other exchanges. People like that the images mix and mingle. I used a standard moly for the portrait project, hoping that someday I will have all 100 pages filled with portraits and self-portraits.

You will need to get the address of the person you are going to send to. Artists in moly_x_portrait1 placed photos of themselves on their own sites available only to their "friends". I uploaded a dozen pictures of me for my group's reference. I will probably upload more to add some variety.

If you want to change the order from the list on the blog, feel free. Now all you have to say is "ready, set, go!"

It''ll be great.

STILL LOOKING FOR 5 MORE MEMBERS TO COMPLETE THE GROUP. 15 artists, two pages per artist will fill a Japanese fold pocket Moleskine perfectly.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


This group is a collaboration of the Moleskine Exchange and the Portrait Party. This blog will follow the adventures of a group of artists from around the world, in a Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Begun by art teacher Rama Hughes, the portrait party is an old idea revisited. As a child his family would gather around at parties and take turns modeling and drawing one another. Continuing in this tradition, the portrait party is a vehicle for artists from all over to pair up and draw one another.

Getting started:
Each artist will set off with a Moleskine in which they will draw their self-portrait. The book is then passed to the next artist who will add a self-portrait and a portrait of the book's owner. When the artist's book has reached the last member it will be returned to the owner. Artists have one month to make an entry.

The concept:

1. The artists start with a large Moleskine sketchbook - Name, address, email address written in book. The book owner should include a few snapshots inside the back pocket and/or upload photos or video to their flickr account for the artists to choose from.

2. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry.

3. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

The moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.
The portrait party was begun by Rama Hughes, Los Angeles, USA.