Moleskine Japanese Album

January 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

A Moleskine Japanese Album. Sometimes this type of album is called an accordion album.

It has zig zag folded pages:

And as you can see, the pages are blank. Still no idea on what to draw in the album.

While I am figuring that out, one could always search the internet for some inspirational or beautiful examples of how others have used their accordion albums. Here are some I found, and liked:

Gail Behrmann Detail from Beyond the River and Into the Trees Book I, 2003 - 2009

by MariPili and Alicia Asuncion. Photo from Patricia Moreno's blog

by Samantha Zaza. Photo from Flickr.

More on Project Planning (Creating Structure to this Year, part 2)

January 16, 2012 § 3 Comments

This is a follow up to the Creating Some Structure to this Year… post.

Project planning: At the start of the planner i keep track of my projects with a Project Overview (see above). I am recording the progress as the projects go along so I can actually see how much attention I give to a certain project. So that I can shift focus if I see that a long term project is suffering because I am only giving attention to short term projects. A problem that might arise, for me, is that I might not look at the Project Overview as often as I need to (in order to be reminded often enough of where my focus should be), because it’s placed at the start of the book which means that I wont see it when I’m looking at the day-to-day pages to do the tasks I’ve written for each day. I seem to need constant visual reminders… So I used one of my memo post-its and made a Project Checklist (pictured in the photo below), and used the same colours  for each project on the Project Checklist as I use in the Project Overview. That way, I am reminded that I have multiple projects going on and that I should prioritize. And because it’s a post-it note, I can just move it over to the next page when I turn pages as the days go by.

Yesterday I found some advice/resarch on how to achieve your goals on this blog. Worth a read.

Sneak Preview

June 23, 2011 § 5 Comments

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I have collaborated with Preybird, who has written a soundtrack for one of my artworks! Above is a sample – one of fifteen tracks that were written with this project in mind. I could throw in a lot of superlatives here about how wonderful I thought the soundtrack turned out, but I’ll let the music speak for itself instead.

Visit Preybird’s Soundcloud page to listen to his music!

(or visit my website to read more about this project.)

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Debra Baxter

April 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I found the webpage of an artist who creates jewellery with crystals and crystalline sculptures and objects, like the one in the picture above.

On her website, there’s a link to DB/CB on tumblr.

Michel Gondry

February 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

– Do you run around with a notebook to jot down ideas?

– I have notebooks but they are terribly messy. I always start saying, “this notebook will be the only one for this project” and within five minutes I am working on another project and they end up very hard to read. I think what I write down goes into my brain better but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to read it again.

(Interview with Michel Gondry)

I always feel bad about my own sketchbooks/notebooks when I see how other people use their sketchbooks (full of beautiful drawings, neat hand-writing, etc). Mine are messy, disorganized, full of scribbles, bad ideas mixed with good ideas, and I’ll only use a fraction of what I write/draw in them. I thought this quote from Gondry was quite amusing, because I work the same way! I start out with the intention to dedicate one notebook to one project, and one project only, but it *never* works. Or I think: “this time I’ll really put effort into making the sketches look nice and keeping the writing organized”. I guess my brain just doesn’t work like that.

The quote is from Juxtapoz Magazine (January 2011).

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