Moleskine Sketches

As promised, here are my sketches from the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing. Enjoy.

Pumpjack. Pencil & Ink.

Grain Elevator – Nanton, Alberta. Watercolor, Pencil Crayon & Ink.

Chinatown’s Dragon City Mall – Calgary, Alberta. Pencil.

“The Conversation” Stephen Avenue – Calgary, Alberta. Pencil Crayon.

Calgary Flames Jersey. Pencil Crayon and Ink.

President Barack Obama – Pencil.

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mmm… coffee.

Moleskine Sketchbook, Ink, Pencil crayon

Finally, an update! HOORAY!

Sorry, I haven’t updated since… February 2009… wow, that’s almost a year ago.  But I have good reasons for my absence.   I finally learned to drive, I got a new job, new car, new laptop, new haircut… many things! 2009 was a pretty busy year for me.  Now I’m back, hopefully this time I will update a lot more often.

As for the drawing above, it’s one of the drawings that I did for the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing. I wanted this Tim Horton’s cup drawing to have that same style as the one I did for the Second Cup drawing.  I don’t know what’s with me with coffee cups lately, but it turned out pretty well, don’t ya think?

I’ll be posting up some more scans of my drawings from the Moleskine exchange on my next post.  It will just be my drawings for now though. But maybe in the future, when it is all done, we’ll have all the pages put up for everyone to see.

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Chinatown


Happy Chinese New Year!!! It’s the year of the Ox which is my Chinese zodiac so hopefully this year will bring me many good luck. haha. Above is a drawing that I did for the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing and coincidentally completed the drawing on Monday (Chinese New Year) isn’t that funny? Sorry about the picture, the lighting wasn’t very good where I was at and this was the best I could do.  The building that I drew is the Dragon City Mall located in Calgary’s Chinatown which I always go to whenever I get a chance to go downtown. I love that mall! I’ve been going there since I was eight or nine years old, I would go there with my parent and brother to buy Anime posters like Sailormoon and DragonBall Z and other cute stuff. (I still do that now btw. haha) They now have a Japanese beauty products store there on the second floor for those who love Japanese cosmetics like I do. I also get my haircut there ($25.00 for a haircut is a good price!) and the BEST Bubbletea IMO is there too. Calgary’s Chinatown is a bit small but even though I think that everything that I need is there.

As for the drawing I did it all in pencil. I haven’t done a pencil drawing in a while and I forgotten how messy it can get. haha. But I love it though. If you are wondering what’s that strip of words on top of the drawing, it’s actually double sided tape for the tracing paper that I’m going to attached so that the pencil drawing doesn’t smudge off on the next page. I’ll take another picture of it when I apply the tracing paper for my next post so that you can see what I mean. Also I’m selling a bunch of printer Laserjet ink cartridges (HP and Lexmark – Brand new) on Ebay. If you are interested in buying here is the link. Gong hei fat choi!!!!

What’s this?

Are my eyes decieving me or did I got a lot of hits today? haha. I usually get about 30 – 40 average hits a day but this is pretty cool. The most hits I ever got was in Feb 26, 2008, 107 hits. lol. This is not the first time I’ve hit around the 80’s but its nice to see it jump like that. haha. Anyways, here’s another sneek peek on our Moleskine exchange between my cousin Derrick and I.

This drawing is based on Nanton’s two beautiful fully-restored Grain Elevators on north-bound Highway 2 here in Alberta. I’ve been only there twice but I’d like to go back.  I drew this with Winsor & Newton watercolor, Staedler pigment liner, and Prisma Pencil Crayons. Usually when I draw, I don’t plan out how the drawing should look like in the end, I just go as I go along.

I’m pretty suprised by the outcome (that’s usually the best part of drawing – seeing the finish product). I was going to leave the sky with just blue watercolor that I painted on but I decided to scribbled on some white pencil crayon to give it a bit more characteristic and a bit of purplish blue crayon to blend it in with the blue. It was pretty risky but it turn out pretty darn good, dont ya think? =)

UPDATE: I ended up having 99 hits at the end of the day. lol. I was just one hit away from 100!!!

Moleskine

Yikes! I haven’t posted in awhile! Anyways, my cousin Derrick and I are doing a Moleskine exchange. We started it around July.  I thought it would be a great art project for the both of us, plus it’ll get me to do more drawing. haha.  He lives down in Conneticut and is an amazing artist.  You can check out his flickr page here.

I’m almost done my 10 pages so I’ll be sending it out in about a week or so.  I put a preview of one of my drawings up there.  I’m not too sure yet if we are going to post the drawings online but keep checking back for updates.

Also, my brother got me a Cintiq 21ux! Can you believe that? I had it for almost a month now, I’m still learning to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.  I even got some books from the library to learn from. Maybe in a few months I’ll get good at it. =)  I’ll post up some pictures some time this week. So check back soon!

My Keys!

My Keys, Ink and Water color, Moleskine.

I can’t function at work without these keys! I bring them with me everywhere! There’s my swipe card for work which I use to sign into the computers+workstations, my OH! Henry/Reese retractable blade (my two favorite chocolate bars, btw.), Hawaii key chain (which I don’t know why I have it since I’ve never been to Hawaii), and keys for work and home. I use about six of those keys everyday, several of them I don’t even know what door or lock they open to. I should probably decrease the amount of keys I have, it’s getting really heaving on the pockets!

As for the drawing, I’m actually quite glad how it turned out. I started it about 3 weeks ago and stopped halfway because I was getting frustrated w/ the colors that I was using, but I decided to finish it over the long weekend and I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. I use student grade water colors, I bought them when I first started learning about water color, but now I find the color in the set aren’t the type of colors that I need. Maybe it’s time that I upgrade to a higher quality of water color that would suit my needs a lot more and give me a more richer colors to my paintings.

Moleskine

While browsing through random art blogs I’ve noticed that a lot of the artists were using this “moleskine” sketch book for their drawings and were giving it a lot of praise. I searched it on Google and was intrigued by the history of the brand and the type of the materials they used for their notebooks.

During my vacation in Calgary, I decided to buy a moleskine notebook. I bought the watercolor version at the art store that I’ve been going to since 7th Grade, Mona Lisa Arts Supply Store in 17th Ave SW. They didn’t carry the sketchbook version though so I had to scope out the other Art Supply store a block away. Sadly, They didn’t carry them either but I did get the Plain Reporter Notebook.

I’m still on my search for the sketchbook version of the Moleskine. Maybe the next time I’m in Calgary I might be able to find one. But one thing for sure, after purchasing these two Moleskine’s I’ve become a true Moleskine fan.